West Virginia sergeant dies in pursuit into Pa.

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A West Virginia sheriff's sergeant died on duty just inside Pennsylvania early this morning when the pursuit of a hit-and-run suspect who appeared to be intoxicated ended with the driver slamming into his patrol car.

Some time after 1 a.m., a vehicle driven by Jerod Alan Green, 35, of Morgantown crashed into the sergeant's car on Interstate 79 in Perry, Greene County, according to a Pennsylvania State Police release.

Sgt. Michael Todd May, 41, a 10-year veteran of the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, was pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia.

The pursuit began at about 1:09 a.m. in Granville, W.Va., when officers spotted a car suspected in a hit-and-run crash 19 minutes earlier.

Granville officers called in Monongalia County deputies to take over when they pulled over the car.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police release, deputies walked up to the car and found Mr. Green, who appeared intoxicated. He would not get out of the car, according to the release, and drove off.

From Route 100 Mr. Green drove to Pennsylvania Route 19, turning east and getting onto I-79 going south. Just south of the No. 1 mile marker, Mr. Green's car crashed into Sgt. May's.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Mr. Green on suspicion of homicide by vehicle. Blood test results to determine whether Mr. Green was intoxicated are pending, according to the release.


Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1586.


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