RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A man who assaulted a state trooper and escaped is in custody facing several felony charges.
Joseph Lee Myers, 23, of Gay was seen by a trooper near the Jackson County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon when the officer observed him arguing with a woman, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, state police spokesman.
When the trooper tried to break it up, Myers became violent with the officer, who arrested him, Baylous said.
While being processed at the Ripley detachment, Myers attacked the trooper and managed to escape on foot, Baylous said.
The trooper was treated and released from an area hospital.
A massive manhunt ensued with several law enforcement agencies searching for Myers by ground and helicopter until he was captured near Ripley on Thursday night.
Myers is charged with multiple felonies, including domestic battery, obstruction, fleeing, and obstructing an officer, Baylous said. Myers was lodged in South Central Regional Jail on Friday morning awaiting arraignment.