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Man faces charges after wife run over

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A newlywed is recovering from a broken back in a Charleston hospital after her husband ran over her with a truck, authorities said.

Estill Forest Jones III, 30, of Hampton Road in South Hills was arrested Wednesday and charged with malicious wounding after a Saturday incident landed his wife, Sarah Rubincan, 30, in a Charleston emergency room. The two were married in August.

State Police interviewed Rubincan Tuesday afternoon at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital. Troopers J.E. Burgess and S.P. Demaske were unable to speak with Rubincan at the scene because of her injuries, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

She later told them she was arguing with Jones and the argument ended up on their driveway as Jones was getting into his Ford F-250.

Rubincan said she stepped in front of the pickup and put her hands on the hood "in hopes he wouldn't leave." She said Jones started the truck and accelerated. She ran backwards to get out of the way.  

When he stopped, she climbed onto the driver's side, grabbing the side mirror and standing on the running board, the complaint said. She said she still wanted to talk to her husband.

Jones put the truck back into gear and drove down Hampton Road with Rubincan hanging on. Rubincan said she was screaming at Jones to stop before she fell, but Jones speeded up and turned onto Sweetbrier Road.

When Jones rolled up the window, she lost her grip and fell off the truck. The back tires then rolled over her legs and pelvis.

Officers were told Rubincan suffered serious injuries, including a broken lower back, broken pelvis and a broken right femur. She has pins and rods from her back to her right knee.

Troopers said she would be hospitalized for several more days and had a very long road to recovery.

Jones was sentenced to two years probation in July after he pleaded guilty to 39 misdemeanor charges of petty larceny, admitting to stealing $9,000 from an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, according to newspaper archives.

He took the money over a two-week period using 84-year-old Jean Graves' ATM card. She was staying in an assisted living facility in Beckley at the time.

He initially was charged with 39 felonies, but the charges were reduced.

Jones is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.



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