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November 12, 2017

Saturday night November 11 at 1800 as Louisa Police officer Hunter James was beginning his shift he was involved in a single vehicle collision which caused the 4 WD police vehicle he was driving to run off the road and land on its top in a small creek.

Louisa police officer Hunter James was involved in a rollover accident as he was on his way to work Saturday night near his home in Paddle Creek, W.VA. He was not injured in the crash but the police vehicle was a total wreck.Louisa police officer Hunter James was involved in a rollover accident as he was on his way to work Saturday night near his home in Paddle Creek, W.VA. He was not injured in the crash but the police vehicle was a total wreck.


According to the accident report, handled by the West Virginia State Police, Ptl. James was leaving his residence on Paddle Creek, W.Va. when he was distracted by a pair of gloves falling off his dashboard under his feet which caused the officer to veer to the left of the one lane roadway.


The late model police 4 WD vehicle was pulled from the small ravine shortly after the accident.The late model police 4 WD vehicle was pulled from the small ravine shortly after the accident.


Due to poorly marked and maintained road, the vehicle's left wheel dropped off the pavement which didn't have an earth embankment berm in that area. Ptl. James was unable to regain control which resulted in the vehicle continuing over the five to six foot drop off and landing on its top in the creek.

Officer James was checked out and released from TRMC with no reported injuries. Investigation was handled by West Virginia State Police. The vehicle was totaled in the accident.



0 #43 Concerned Citizen 2017-12-20 02:45
You guys realize Louisa borders Fort Gay right? Like literally touch. You can throw a rock from Louisa to Fort Gay with absolutely no exaggeration.
0 #42 Text and Drive 2017-11-17 13:11
I’ve seen him text and drive too. Actually, any time I have ever seen him driving in his cruiser he has been texting. Real safe.
0 #41 Legal 2017-11-15 14:34
Is it legal for a city cop to live outside the city, in another state? I don’t care about the road, who he is, or who he lives with. Is it LEGAL for him to spend taxpayers money on gas to drive a city owned vehicle out of town. Legality is the question, he is a cop, so legality should be very important to him and his BOSS. What does state and city ordinance say about it?
+2 #40 Wise Old Man 2017-11-15 02:10
It is not my intent to crucify the officer nor do I care where he lives but I have to wonder if anyone has asked, why was it his left wheel that left the pavement? If he had been driving on his side of the road would it not have been much more likely that his right side wheels would have left the pavement? I know that area very well and like all county roads around the Ft.Gay area, it is poorly maintained but any driver is supposed to be on their side of the road regardless of lighting, painted lines etc.
+4 #39 Police Chief 2017-11-15 01:06
Make a point to ask the Police Chief about the situation.
+1 #38 Give it a rest 2017-11-14 00:56
Who cares where he lives.... If he lived on Fullers Ridge you wouldn't care and it is the same distance from town.... If he left his cruiser at city hall and someone broke in, everyone would whine that he didn't take it home to keep an eye on it.... Also, if a call came in that required him to get there quick, I wouldn't want him to have to go change vehicles first.... You people just like to complain.
+1 #37 Clueless!!! 2017-11-13 23:56
There are a lot of STUPID comments on this. Do not see a problem with a young man living in Fort Gay and working for the Louisa Police. He is from here to start with. Guarantee most people commenting on how bad this is and how could this have happened have either made a mistake while driving and probably almost wrecked due to it. There is not one person that can say they have not made some type of mistake in their life. If they do then they are a liar. So everyone stop crucifying this young man. At least he was honest about what happened because I am sure he could have come up with something better than gloves if he was trying to cover something up. As for all the drug test comments...pure STUPIDITY!!!
+1 #36 Lee 2017-11-13 23:16
OMG are you serious. The city is letting officers take the citizens' vehicles home ....yes it’s citizens' vehicles. They pay taxes on those vehicles so we the people own them. Park them at the police station and drive your personal vehicle back and forth to work!!!!
+6 #35 Tax payer 2017-11-13 20:58
That car should not leave the station unless it's used for official purposes. I'd bet the insurance would be happy to know it was in Fort Gay used off duty. Prolly does not cover personal use.
+1 #34 Phone It In 2017-11-13 20:56
I've seen him texting and driving around town many times while he is on duty. They should check his phone in the timeframe of the accident. Sure it would put all this to rest.
+2 #33 Tax payer 2017-11-13 20:52
Glad no ones wife and kid was in there. I see one officer pick his kid up all the time from school. We already have buses. Why pay for a special ride to school for one kid.
-5 #32 Make sense 2017-11-13 19:42
Guys you're allowed to work in a different city and live somewhere else. Did we cross in to Nazi Germany or something? This was an accident and nobody is trying to cover things up? The young man took blame for his actions, he said he was distracted. Wouldn't he make up a better story than that if something was actually covered up?
-3 #31 What 2017-11-13 19:38
Quoting No one else wrecks:
Hundreds of people a day go down the same road.

As does he, you Hill Jack. People wreck, big deal. Have any of you or been in one?
+3 #30 Melissa 2017-11-13 19:21
This is bull. He lives in wv and works in louisa. I thought you had to live in the town. Sounds like to me they do what they want with our money. And it cost all of gas to drive over there. Give me a break this town does what they want.
-1 #29 Prayers 2017-11-13 19:16
People in this town kill me. Y'all wanna act like you know everything and are all holy. How about accidents happen. And thanking the good Lord that someone that actually risks his life for his community for very little pay is uninjured and alive. Y'all need Jesus!!!! Shame on every one of you selfish people.
+6 #28 Law 2017-11-13 15:49
I thought you had to live in Louisa to be a city cop, am I wrong?
+2 #27 Just sayin 2017-11-13 15:43
They had to blame it on somebody when in all reality he was probably flying out of there, I've known him all his life and he definitely was probably just flying around that crappy small road. Also, I do not think it's right for a police to get money from the taxes paid from Lawrence co people and stuff to go get returned to a different state by paying his bills over there. He's paying property taxes water bill etc. When it could be reinvested in to Lawrence co.
+4 #26 Shame 2017-11-13 15:16
I think it’s a shame he lives in wva and the city of Louisa has to pay him.
+5 #25 POPO 2017-11-13 13:11
Quoting Thats hilarious:
Maybe they should maintain the roads better since the article puts the blame on the road maintenance

Yes, BUT!! Even if the road is in poor shape, still passable. Maybe he should have paid attention to the road instead of practicing distracted driving. Maybe he should be cited for distracted driving. If the road is in such poor shape, why attempt to drive on it? If a tree is across the road, do you try to drive over it anyways just because no one has removed it?? And why is an out-of-state resident working for the city of Louisa??
+3 #24 City taxes 2017-11-13 12:54
If you would look a little closer you will probably find out there are a lot more who work for the city but don't live in the city.

+7 #23 bob 2017-11-13 12:51
Sounds like him not paying attention was the cause, hell all the roads are bad here..
+5 #22 Whatever... 2017-11-13 12:19
The article puts the blame on road maintenance in order to divert attention from the real reason he crashed. Is this the kind of driver you want in a high-speed pursuit?
+9 #21 Jess 2017-11-13 07:10
Was the young officer's blood or urine checked??
0 #20 No one elsewrecks 2017-11-13 05:14
Hundreds of people a day go down the same road.
0 #19 Local 2017-11-13 05:13
That road is awful. I have too many times had close encounters. I do not understand for the life of me how it is ok to have roads in this condition yet spend the road money to keep roads in less of bad shape great and leave these awful roads unworked and just continuing to fall apart. It's so dangerous and it is a shame. Glad officer was ok. And continues to serve and protect.

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