A West Virginia man was convicted today of third-degree murder in the death of a sheriff's deputy while driving drunk during a police chase in Greene County in February.
A Greene County jury acquitted Jerod Green, 36, of first-degree murder but found him guilty on all the other charges, including homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, in the death of Sgt. Todd May, a deputy with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department.
Witnesses said Mr. Green intentionally rammed Sgt. May's police car during a Feb. 18 pursuit on Interstate 79 near the West Virginia border.
The chase started in Monongalia County after police pulled over Mr. Green on suspicion of driving drunk following a hit-and-run crash in Morgantown. During the stop, he told police that he had fled the scene of the hit-and-run because he had four prior drunk-driving convictions.
When an officer told him to turn off his Chevy Silverado and submit to a sobriety test, he drove off, briefly dragging the officer.
He fled into Pennsylvania, followed by four police cruisers.
He entered the southbound ramp of I-79 at Mount Morris as Sgt. May was driving north and traversing the median to join the chase.
Prosecutors said Mr. Green drove into Sgt. May's car at 98 mph. The sergeant died a short time later at a hospital.
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