FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Police in Fayette County say four people wrecked a stolen car Friday morning before stealing another vehicle and fleeing from officers.
Christopher Ryan Knight, 23, of Summersville, was taken to CAMC General Hospital for injuries suffered in the wreck, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.
Police arrested Lakin Celestine Clark, 21, of Summersville; Bryon Hatfield, 36, of Mullens; and a 16-year-old boy.
Fayette deputies believe the three adults stole a black car in Summersville early Friday. They stole license plates from another car at the teen's house before driving south on U.S. 19, according to the release.
They wrecked the car near the intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 60. Knight was ejected from the car and suffered a severe head injury, according to the release.
The suspects spotted an unlocked truck parked beside U.S. 19 with the keys inside. The truck's owner was hunting in a tree stand nearby and called 911 when the suspects drove off in his truck, according to the release. The suspects fled from pursuing deputies.
Fayette deputies stopped the suspects about 8:30 a.m. along U.S. 19. They took Knight to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. He was later taken to Charleston.
Hatfield drove the stolen vehicles, according to the release. He is charged with grand larceny, fleeing in a vehicle, giving false information and conspiracy to commit a felony. Clark is charged with grand larceny, giving false information and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Knight will face the same charges as Clark upon his release from the hospital, according to the release. A juvenile petition was filed against the teen for grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony.