UPDATE (4:42 p.m. on Friday, July 30): According to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office, Bruce Hargas has been charged in Mingo County with first-degree armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and malicious wounding after an altercation in the Dingess area.
UPDATE (11:59 a.m. on Friday, July 30): According to Charleston PD, Metro dispatched officers to Go Mart at 6414 MacCorkle Avenue SE around 9:45 a.m. on Friday in reference to a possible carjacking.
Officers located a grey Dodge Journey traveling west on MacCorkle Avenue. The suspect attempted to evade the officer, turning right onto 35th Street traveling in the wrong direction. The suspect crashed into an oncoming vehicle head-on.
35-year-old Bruce Hargis, of Huntington, was driving the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.
A 7-month-old child was also in the vehicle. The child sustained a minor head injury and was also transported to a hospital. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was also transported and is said to be in stable condition.
Mr. Hargis is charged with fleeing, DUI, DUI with a minor, DUI causing injury, one-way violation, red light violation, failure to maintain control, destruction of property, seatbelt violation and petit larceny.
Police say this incident was not a carjacking, but a criminal investigation is underway with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE (11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 30): Charleston PD confirms that a 7-month-old child was involved in the crash and sustained a minor head injury.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—An accident was reported in Kanawha City Friday morning.
According to dispatch, the 35th Street Bridge is shut down due to a two-vehicle accident at 35th Street and Staunton Avenue SE. There was a short pursuit prior to the crash.
Three people were transported to the hospital, including one child. There is no information on the extent of their injuries.
The roadway is blocked at 35th Street and Staunton Avenue.
Charleston PD is investigating.