CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Lincoln County man accused of trying to run over a Charleston police officer Monday morning was arrested during a traffic stop near South Charleston after a short chase.
Mark Kennedy, 49, of Harts, is charged with battery on an officer, assault, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and destruction of property. He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.
A call came into 911 about destruction of property at 10:54 a.m., dispatchers said. The 911 Center received a call that a man was trying to kick in a door on 35th Street in Kanawha City.
He also broke a window in the building, the dispatcher said.
Officer K. Bass responded and found Kennedy at the scene. She wrote in a criminal complaint that Kennedy then tried to flee. She ordered him to stop but said he intentionally tried to strike her when he backed up in his vehicle.
He tried to strike her and other pedestrians when he "recklessly" pulled out of the parking lot, the complaint said.
City officers pursued Kennedy, who fled west down Interstate 64 at high speed in a maroon Ford F-350 Superduty. They terminated the pursuit near the city limits on I-64, the dispatcher said.
However, State Police, who heard the pursuit and were getting into position to help Charleston police, caught up with Kennedy just west of the MacCorkle Avenue exit at about 11:33 a.m. Troopers did not pursue him but instead initiated a traffic stop.
Kennedy refused to get out of the truck at first, but troopers were able to remove him. Troopers searched him and found an 18-inch wooden club tucked in the back of his pants.
A search of the vehicle turned up two sandwich bags of suspected marijuana and numerous knives, according to the complaint.
Kennedy was arrested and put in the back of a cruiser, where he began kicking at the doors and windows, causing minor damage. He also tried to kick Trooper N.S. Stepp while he and others were trying to secure him in the vehicle.
No injuries were reported.