UPDATE: Driver Caught in Wayne County Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/20/12 @ 12:27 a.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- His run is over. But Harley Dickinson may already be planning his next move.

He was picked up Thursday, hiding inside a closet at an apartment on Huntington Avenue. Dickinson is charged in connection with a crash on Route 152 in Wayne County earlier this week.

The crash sent three people to the hospital Monday, but deputies say Dickinson ran away from the scene. He was caught later that day and taken to the hospital. However, he took off again.

Deputies from Wayne and Cabell counties, along with several other agencies, searched all week until the discovery Thursday.

On his way into Cabell County Magistrate Court, it sure didn't seem like Harley Dickinson was ready to chat it up.

Dickinson is accused of running from the accident scene in Lavalette, in which two of his friends and a man in another car were injured. But he couldn't hide from the charges deputies described of essentially wrecking his car, taking off and leaving people for dead.

"You want the truth?" he asked reporters. "I have felony warrants."

Police say when they first caught Dickinson after the wreck, he gave them a false ID in the hospital. So when he escaped, they used the faulty info to arrest the wrong man. Needless to say, they're happy to have the right guy.

"He had run from the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Department back in August," said Dale Enochs of the C.U.F.F.E.D Task Force. "We knew he would probably run (Thursday), so we had the whole building surrounded."

Dickinson wasn't denying his troubled past. But he believes his friends will understand. "All I can say is sorry."

UPDATE 1/19/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A manhunt for the driver in a serious crash that sent thee people to the hospital has come to an end.

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com Harley Dickinson, 27, was caught and arrested this afternoon in Huntington. Dickinson was hiding in a closet in an apartment on Huntington Avenue when deputies caught him.

They say Dickinson has not only been on the run since causing the accident Monday morning, but has been running from deputies since August. Dale Enochs, with the CUFFED task force, tells WSAZ.com that Dickinson was considered a high flight risk because he actually ran out of the Pocahontas courthouse back in August.

Two passengers in Dickinson's car, as well as the driver of the car Dickinson collided with, were all taken to the hospital.

Before being arraigned in Cabell County Dickinson told WSAZ.com that he ran from the scene of the crash because "he had felony warrants."

"Those are my friends and I feel really bad about it... But, I am not going to just sit there and wait to go to jail," said Dickinson.

Dickinson is also accused of giving deputies the name and social security number of someone else, resulting in a wrong arrest earlier this week.

Deputies gave Dickinson the chance to receive medical attention and then turn himself in -- but he chose to run.

Deputy Sowards, with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, told WSAZ.com that he took several pictures of Dickinson before he was transported to the hospital. Sowards said he had a feeling and knew that he needed to photograph Dickinson just in case he didn't turn himself in as he was supposed to do.

Dickinson is charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, three counts of failing to render aid, driving on a suspended license, failing to report an accident and obstruction.

Dickinson was arraigned in Cabell County court Thursday evening. He is being held in the Western Regional Jail in lieu of $90,000 cash-only bail.

The arrest was a joint operation by the CUFF task force, U.S. Marshals, Cabell County Sheriff's Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Huntington Police Department.

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UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wayne County Deputies have released the names and conditions of the people involved in a car accident where the driver took off on foot, and has not been arrested yet.

The accident happened Monday morning on Route 152 in Wayne County, just outside Lavalette.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com Gregory "Nat" Nathaniel Ireson is the victim who was listed in critical condition. He was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car driven by the suspect. Ireson is still listed in critical condition, but deputies say he is improving.

A second passenger in the suspect's car -- Graham Rabey -- suffered a broken leg and was taken in for emergency surgery.

An elderly man driving in the opposite lane was also injured when the suspect's car spun out of control and hit him. His name is Jack Graham, and deputies say he suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released Monday.

Deputies plan to file charges against the driver.



UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 1:20 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies are again searching for the driver of a car who took off on foot following a serious injury accident in Wayne County Monday morning.

On Monday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said they were looking for 25-year-old Michael Allen Grimberg. Tuesday morning, they even said that Huntington Police had arrested that person at 1st Street and 5th Avenue.

Now, as it turns out, the wrong person was arrested.

Wayne County Deputy H. Sowards, III tells WSAZ.com that they now know the real identity of the driver, but at this time they are not releasing his name.

Sowards says the man they believed was the driver did a good job of hiding his real identity by giving officers a great deal of personal information about Grimberg.

The accident happened on Route 152 just north of Lavalette about 9:30 a.m. Two passengers in the car that caused the accident suffered very serious injuries. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Their names or conditions have not been released.

Deputies later found the driver of the car in a wooded area near where the accident happened. An ambulance took him to hospital where he left before being treated.

Wayne County authorities plan to charge the driver with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid and driving on a revoked license because of DUI.

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UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 11 a.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The driver of a car who took off on foot following an accident in Wayne County Monday morning has finally been arrested.

Wayne County Deputy H. Sowards, III tells WSAZ.com Michael Allen Grimberg, 25, was arrested Tuesday morning. Sowards says Huntington Police arrested Grimberg at 1st Street and 5th Ave.

Wayne County authorities have charged Grimberg with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid and driving on a revoked license because of DUI.

The accident happened on Route 152 just north of Lavalette about 9:30 a.m. Two passengers in Grimberg’s car suffered very serious injuries. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Their names or conditions have not been released.

Deputies found Grimberg in a wooded area near where the accident happened. An ambulance took him to hospital where he left before being treated.



UPDATE 1/16/12 @ 11:30 p.m.
LAVALETTE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies say they plan to file charges against the driver of a car who took off on foot following an accident in Wayne County Monday morning.

The accident happened on Route 152 just north of Lavalette in Wayne County about 9:30 a.m.

Deputies say Michael Allen Grimberg, 25, was the driver of the blue Honda that caused the accident.

A witness says the man was driving erratically behind a semi when he apparently lost control, hit a guard rail and then crossed the center line and hit a car traveling north on the highway.

Two passengers in the Honda were seriously hurt, one with possible life threatening injuries according to investigators. The driver of the silver Buick was also taken to the hospital to be checked out.

"It's frustrating at times. In this situation the elderly gentleman, for example, was just an innocent person driving and obeying the traffic laws gets struck by a motorist that evidently had road rage or was in a hurry to get somewhere," Deputy H. Sowards III said.

Deputies later found Phillips in a wooded area near where the accident happened. An ambulance took him to hospital where he left before being treated.

Now, deputies are again looking for Phillips. They plan to charge him with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid and driving on a revoked license because of DUI.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/16/12 @ 10:58 a.m.
LAVALETTE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies are now looking for the driver of a car involved in a two car crash that sent three people to the hospital.

The accident happened on Route 152 just north of Lavalette, in Wayne County, about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Wayne County Sheriff Deputies tell WSAZ.com the driver of a blue Honda that caused the accident is the person who fled the scene.

A witness says the man was driving erratically behind a semi when he apparently lost control, hit a guard rail, crossed the center line and hit a car traveling north on the highway.

Two passengers in the Honda were hurt, one with possible life threatening injuries, according to investigators. The driver of the silver Buick was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Deputies say the man they are looking for is bald, with a black mustache and is 20 to 30 years old. He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. He was last seen going into a wooded area near the crash site. They believe he was heading north towards Huntington.

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