Police chase trucker through town
Bath Town Police Officer PFC Richard Haynes was parked on the north side of N. Washington Street near Williams Street Saturday evening, October 13 at 6:17 p.m., when he observed an 18 wheel tractor-trailer headed south on N. Washington Street at a high rate of speed.
Haynes clocked the vehicle on radar doing 67 mph in a 25 mph zone. According to Chief Jim Minton, Haynes immediately turned on his lights and siren, turned his patrol car around and began pursuing the truck through town.
According to police, the driver of the truck did not react at all to the police siren and lights, even though cars behind and in front of the truck pulled over to the side of the road at the sound of the police siren.
The pursuit would continue down U.S. 522 for 5.4 miles as the 18 wheeler continued speeding.
Haynes radioed for assistance and Trooper J. C. McDonald
of the West Virginia State Police responded and helped Haynes box in the truck. Together they forced the driver to pull over near the ball fields past Dawson's Ace Hardware. Morgan County Sheriff's Deputy Seth Place also assisted at the scene.
The driver, Doc Young Moon, 46, of Cary, North Carolina was driving a Covenant Transport truck registered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Moon was cited for speeding – 67 mph in a 25 mph zone and for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.
Haynes also called in a Department of Transportation Officer who inspected the truck and issued a vehicle safety citation to Moon.