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Bloodied driver, bullet-ridden car pulled over in South Charleston

By Staff report

A traffic stop in South Charleston Sunday night raised many more issues than a speeding ticket.

South Charleston Police Patrolman Justin Bailes said he pulled a driver over near a United Bank ATM on MacCorkle Avenue Southwest around 9:30 p.m. He said the man, whom he didn’t immediately have a name for, was traveling 18 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The driver said he had been beat up around St. Albans. His back window had been smashed in, apparently with a cinder block that was still in the car. Bailes said there were about seven bullet holes in his hood that appeared larger than 9 millimeter caliber. The driver was covered in blood and had a black eye, but hadn’t actually been shot.

“He said he got his a-- kicked and he was shot at,” Bailes said.

The driver, who was sitting at the scene, declined comment to the Gazette. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the alleged beating and shooting, and deputies at the scene also declined comment.

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