CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A prominent Charleston lawyer was arrested by a West Virginia State Police trooper last month and then beaten so much that cranial fluid leaked from his nose, according to the man's lawyer.
Roger Wolfe, senior labor and employment lawyer with the Jackson Kelly firm, was in CAMC General Hospital for six days because of the injuries he suffered at the hands of State Police on June 17, said Benjamin Bailey, Wolfe's lawyer.
"They kept him there that long ... to wait and see if they had to do surgery," Bailey said.
Wolfe has requested that State Police investigate the matter, he said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Powers could not say Wednesday evening if a request for an investigation had been filed.
"If he has filed a complaint through the State Police, our professional standards section would look into that," Powers said.
Wolfe could not be reached for comment this week. Bailey said he was out of town.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Wolfe was arrested shortly after midnight on June 17 by State Police Trooper Paul A. Green. Wolfe was charged with driving under the influence, obstructing an officer, making an improper lane change and running a traffic signal.
In the complaint, Green said he had just left Magistrate Court when he saw a blue Jeep Cherokee, with the vanity license plate WOOF, driving erratically.
Green wrote that he followed the vehicle on Quarrier Street and watched as it nearly hit another vehicle and ran a stoplight, according to the complaint.
The trooper pulled the Jeep over and asked Wolfe for his basic information. He wrote that Wolfe could not provide it, after asking the officer to repeat the information several times.
Green then wrote that he asked Wolfe to get out of the car. Wolfe had trouble standing, according to the complaint.