Police officer struck in Weirton
WEIRTON – A City Police officer was struck by a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot Monday afternoon after initiating a traffic stop for reckless driving.
The driver was 53-year-old Randolph Scott Strope of Bartleyville Road, Burgettstown. According to Sgt. Ricky Grishkevich of City Police, Strope is being charged with malicious wounding, battery on an officer, DUI and driving with a suspended license.
After hitting the police officer, the suspect fled the scene, and the chase ended in Pennsylvania when Strope wrecked into another Weirton police cruiser, according to officials.
Strope and the officer he struck were transported to Weirton Medical Center for minor injuries, and both have been released. Strope is in custody.
The officer’s name is not being released at this time, and an investigation is ongoing.