One sent to the hospital, three others in handcuffs after pursuit on Route 19

Local - 11/22/2013 2:03 PM by Nadine Grimley
OAK HILL - A vehicle pursuit Friday morning sent one person to the hospital and placed three others in handcuffs.

It all started at around 8:30 a.m. when Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near Route 19 and 16 in Fayetteville after they received a report of a stolen truck.  The driver took off towards Oak Hill.  With the help of the city police department, authorities were able to stop the truck near Appalachian Drive.  

Inside, Christopher Ryan Knight, 23, of Summersville, was found bleeding from a massive wound to the head. A deputy loaded Knight into his cruiser and took him to Plateau Medical Center for treatment.  He has since been taken to CAMC and his condition is unknown at this time.

Three other occupants of the car were all taken into custody. They've been identified as Lakin Clark, 21, of Summersville, Bryon Hatfield, 36, of Mullens, and a 16-year-old juvenile from the Summersville area. Clark and Hatfield are each charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, grand larceny, and giving false information to a police officer.  Hatfield also faces an additional fleeing charge.

According to Sheriff Steve Kessler, the preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that the three adults stole a black passenger car in the Summersville area earlier Friday morning.  Kessler said the adults then stole a set of license plates from another vehicle at the home of the juvenile before they took off with the 16-year-old.  While the four were headed South on Route 19, they crashed the stolen car near Route 60.  That's when Knight was ejected from the vehicle and sustained the head injury.  The individuals then took off with an unlocked truck, belonging to a hunter, that was parked on the side of the road.

The investigation is still underway.  Knight will face a conspiracy and grand larceny charge once he is released from the hospital.  A juvenile petition was filed for the 16-year-old.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (304)-574-4216.

Additional charges are pending against all four suspects.

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