Monongalia County Sergeant Michael May was killed in the line of duty over the weekend on a suspected drunk driving incident that began in West Virginia and ended in Perry Township, Pennsylvania.
In the early morning hours, the West Virginia State Police received a call where there was a hit and run accident in Morgantown, reports The Journal. The suspect, 35-year-old Jerod Alan Green, allegedly struck another car and took off, sparking a police chase.
A short time later, officers from Granville, West Virginia spotted the suspect and made a stop. It appears that Green actually stopped his vehicle and police were able to observe that he was intoxicated. However, after the stop, instead of exiting his vehicle, Green decided to take off again, reports the Journal.
At this point, Green headed on a highway towards Pennsylvania and ended up in the Keystone State where he eventually struck Officer May. it's not clear from the report if May was in active pursuit of Green at the time or if the officer had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Investigation is still ongoing and it's not yet certain what Green will be charged with. For evading the police, crossing state lines, and putting an officer's life in danger, he likely faces a class 3 felony charge and up to seven years in jail. For killing Michael May, Green probably faces a homicide by vehicle charge while driving under the influence and up to ten years in jail.
Jerod Green started a wild interstate drunk driving car chase that resulted in the death of Officer Michael May. He likely faces felony charges for a DUI and evading arrest and could spend a significant amount of time in jail.
- Find a Philadelphia DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Jerod Green Charged in West Virginia for Monongalia County Deputy Death (WBOY)
- Pennsylvania DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- Too Drunk to Drive, 74-Year-Old Man Charged w/ Public Drunkenness (FindLaw's Philadelphia DUI Blog)