W.Va. trial rescheduled in Greene County DUI crash
Jerod Greene is shown leaving Greene County Court last year.
Tara Kinsell / Observer-Reporter
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A new trial date for a Morgantown, W.Va., man serving 25 to 50 years in prison for the death of a Monongalia County, W.Va., sheriff’s deputy, was set Friday in Monongalia County Court.
Trial for Jerod Green, 37, will now begin April 15. Green faces charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing in Monongalia County, initiating a police chase that led to the death of Sgt. Todd May on Interstate 79 in Perry Township in Greene County.
On Feb. 18, 2012, Green led Monongalia County police and sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase starting in the Morgantown area and ending on Interstate 79 in Perry Township, where his pickup truck collided with a sheriff’s vehicle driven by May.
May, 41, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. He was a 10-year veteran of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.
Green was found guilty in Greene County court of murder in the third degree, homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle in an emergency response area and fleeing or eluding a police officer while DUI and crossing a state line.
He was sentence by Greene County Judge William Nalitz in February to 25 to 50 years in prison.
Charges filed in Monongalia County stem from incidents that occurred in that county prior to the crash.
According to testimony from his trial in Greene County, West Virginia sheriff’s deputies pursued Green after he fled from a traffic stop involving a hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier that evening on Easton Hill Road in Monongalia County.
Green’s truck struck a car driven by Skylar Johnson, 19, of Morgantown. When police stopped Green’s vehicle, Green denied hitting Johnson’s vehicle and then admitted he was there but it was not his fault. When an officer reached inside Green’s truck to turn off the ignition, Green hit the gas and pulled off with the officer’s arm inside the window.
Police pursued Green’s truck north on Route 100 and onto Route 19 north into Pennsylvania. He then entered the Interstate 79 southbound on-ramp at Mt. Morris.
Just south of the on-ramp Green’s truck collided with May’s marked police vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Green was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent, more than two times the legal limit in the state of Pennsylvania. He also was found to have prescription medications in his system.
Green previously pleaded guilty to four known DUI charges in Oklahoma, where he lived prior to moving to Morgantown, and served time in that state for those charges, according to online court records.
Green is serving his Greene County sentence in the state Correctional Institute at Forest in Forest County.