Richmond, VA - Virginia State Trooper J. A. Short was seriously injured early Thursday morning after he jumped over a barrier wall to avoid being struck by a fleeing vehicle.
According to NBC 12, the incident occurred about 2:20 AM on Powhite Parkway. An unidentified Virginia State Trooper tried to stop a speeding vehicle but the driver refused to stop.
The trooper initiated a pursuit which continued to southbound Route 288, where the vehicle struck another trooper's vehicle.
The pursuit continued to northbound I-95 where Trooper Short deployed a tire deflation device, which brought the pursuit to an end near the Chippenham Parkway Exit 67.
The driver, Marc Toliver, age 43, swerved into the lane where Trooper Short was still standing. He backed up and jumped over a barrier wall to avoid being hit.
Trooper Short was seriously injured and was transported to VCU Medical Center. He is expected to recover. No one else was injured.
Toliver was charged with two counts of willfully causing injury to a law enforcement officer (felony), causing bodily injury to a police officer (felony), eluding police (felony), two counts of possession of cocaine (felonies), hit and run (felony), attempting to cause damage to a vehicle in excess of $1000 (felony), driving while suspended (2nd offense), and speeding.
Hopefully, Marc Toliver is going to be spending a lot of time in prison soon where he will no longer be a threat to society.
None of the other troopers were reported to be injured.
Our thoughts and prayers are with injured Virginia State Trooper J.A. Short. Get well soon.