Deputy Injured in Crash
WHEELING — An Ohio County deputy hospitalized after an alleged drunk driver struck his cruiser over the weekend remains off the job but is “doing fine” and “resting at home,” according to Chief Deputy Drage Flick.
The accident is under investigation by Wheeling police. Deputy Chief Martin Kimball said Gregory S. Rogerson, no age listed, of Clearview Avenue was arrested and charged with DUI causing personal injury following the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Warwood Avenue and North 26th Street just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Kimball said Rogerson was turning left onto Warwood Avenue when he struck Deputy G.J. Costello’s cruiser. He noted Rogerson and an unidentified passenger both appeared to be intoxicated.
Both occupants of the striking vehicle and Costello were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, said Kimball.
Officers found three open bottles of beer in the vehicle and observed a movie playing on a screen in the front seat area. Kimball said both Rogerson and the passenger were “totally uncooperative” and “rude” to investigators and medical staff, and Rogerson refused to submit to any testing at the scene.
Kimball said police plan to subpoena Rogerson’s blood test results from the hospital.
Flick said he’s not sure when Costello will be able to return to work, but added they may learn more after follow-up examinations this week.