CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Cedar Grove police chief who witnesses say dragged an 80-year-old man off his ATV and slammed him to the concrete said in a criminal complaint that the man wouldn't follow his instructions and tripped getting off the ATV.
According to the complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Johnny D. Walls said that he first stopped Robert McComb for traveling the wrong way on Dawson Street. He charged McComb with a wrong way violation, fleeing an officer on an ATV and obstructing an officer.
Walls said McComb couldn't hear him at first, according to the complaint. When Walls asked for a second time if McComb had a driver's license, McComb told him he did but that it was at his house.
According to the complaint, Walls then asked McComb if he knew he was traveling the wrong way on a one-way street.
McComb said, "Well I guess you will have to take that up with Bill Gray then," and quickly drove away, Walls wrote in the complaint. It was not clear Thursday who Bill Gray is.
Walls said he yelled for McComb to stop, then got in his police cruiser, turned it around and put on his emergency lights.
"The driver failed to stop and continued traveling south on West Ward Street at approximately 30 mph," Walls wrote, noting that the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. "I then accelerated and pulled beside him and motioned for him to stop, which he did not. I then pulled in front of the ATV and stopped."
Walls said he got out of his cruiser. He says McComb tried to turn his ATV around the side of the cruiser in his direction.
"I drew my firearm and told him to stop and do not move the ATV," Walls wrote in the criminal complaint. "He stopped and stated to me, 'Buddy, you don't have to do all that!' I then told him to turn the ATV off and get off of it. He stated to me, 'No, I'm not getting off.'"
Walls said he took McComb by the left wrist with his left hand and by the left upper arm with his right hand and told him to step off the ATV.
"He attempted to pull away from me. I then pulled him forward and told him again to step off of the ATV. At this time he started to step off the ATV. As he was stepping off of the ATV one of his feet got caught on something on the ATV and he fell to the ground striking his right arm and right side of his head on the pavement," Walls wrote in the complaint.
Walls said while on the ground, McComb tried to pull away and was very belligerent and told him he had no reason to treat him this way.