Fatal Accident Case Going to Grand Jury

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It's a case involving an officer and a citizen, resulting in a fatality.

Now, a Wood County Grand Jury will decide whether or not a police officer will face charges in connection with a fatal accident.

Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Wharton says a police pursuit started at a 7-11 on Grand Central Avenue in Vienna last Thursday.

Charles Martin II was suspected of drinking and driving, and authorities say when Sergeant Brian Ingraham approached Martin, he fled.

Authorities say Sgt. Ingraham then followed Martin, but backed off when the speed picked up.

Then when he finally caught up to him more than two miles down the road, Martin had crashed and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case was investigated by the Wood County Crash Team, but excluded any representatives from the Vienna Police Department.

"Anytime there's an officer involved in an incident such as this, we try to bring in officers from outside agencies, so there's no question at all about the investigation itself," Wharton said.

After determining Sgt. Ingraham followed department protocol and West Virginia law, the case is still set to go to a grand jury.

"I think the public can have a lot better feeling about the case knowing that 16 members of the public just like themselves will hear all of the evidence in the case and be able to decide for themselves," Wharton said.

Wharton says they're still waiting for the toxicology report to determine if Martin had in fact been drinking.

He says the next Wood County Grand Jury is set to meet in September.

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  • by ashley martin Location: belpre on Jun 14, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    hey you know what you people are dumb. he is in a better place that is how we have to look at it now. no charlie was not married, he was single. brandy broke up with him. no he didnt commit suscide. he was not in the right state of mind that night. im sure if he could go back and change this he would. yes, i am his little sister i know what happened before any of you did. i answered the door to officer williams at 5am. yes charlie had 2 sisters, and the reason why his friends didnt know about her was because he was not fond of them. he never saw her nor did he try to. i lived with this boy becuse our parents gave us up. noone was afult of this so if i hear people blame brandy again maybe youll burn in hell to! she was not there yes she talked to him that night so did many people. charlie only left richies house was because richie made him. richie told charlie that he had to leave. when a true friend would have taken the keys from him! I love you charles!
  • by Jerod Location: Vienna on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    It's always sad to see the loss of a young man or woman from a community where they were obviously loved and cared about very much. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. But there isn't any reason to accuse this officer of anything, there is no reason to announce his name or shoot him down with verbal comments. He was very clearly just doing his job. What if it had been a couple walking down the sidewalk and he would have veared to the right instead of the left and killed them and himself? What would it have been then..."Oh the police never do their job" You people out there need to open your minds a little bit and see the big picture there won't be any charges pressed and nothing will come of this. I'm not sure about all of you but i'm glad there are officers out there like him that use good sense and judgement in the heat of the moment. I feel a little bit better living in Vienna knowing that there are people like him keeping our streets safe.
  • by JENNI Location: BELPRE on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:23 AM
  • by Citizen Location: Vienna on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    Ok, I have watched the video over and over.. are there other police cars in front of this dashboard cam? It appears to be to me. Why are they not being investigated?
  • by Jane on Jun 9, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    You say he failed to render aid to the victim. The man hit telephone poles and wires were down. The officer had to be careful himself.
  • by jinny Location: ohio on Jun 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM
  • by me on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    Do I feel for the family? Yes, I do. It is a sad incident. Do I feel that Law Enforcement is to blame? Heck no. Law enforcement was doing their job. How would you have felt if this "alleged" drunk drove through your neighborhood and killed one of your family members because law enforcement couldn't be there? Then it would be "oh boo-hoo...law enforcement sucks. They wouldn't do anything about this driver...they just let people get a "slap on the wrist" Come on Wood county. Obviously in some of your eyes law enforcement can't do anything right. It is a darned if they do and darned if they don't. They are doing their jobs trying to keep you, the people, safe. At least there were no "innocent" bystander killed by this person. Let LE do their job. They are protecting YOU. For the family...I am sorry for your loss. Regardless of what happened, it is still a hard time to go through and yes there will be lots of questions, but I hope that you can find peace somewhere down the road.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    How come no one is asking why Mr. Martin ran from the police? What did he do wrong to warrant driving 75-80 mph? What was he hiding or running from when the police tried to pull him over? Yes I feel bad for the family and I've prayed for them, but the law enforcement agency is there to serve and protect. If someone hasn't done anything wrong then why run from them and put other peoples lives in jeopardy?
  • by dot Location: marietta on Jun 9, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    i kinda understand why they're doing it, to me it sounds like before the family and friends go off about the officer killed him by chasing him they want to clear the officer of any wrong doing which is understandable, in this day and age everyone is quick to blame the cops for someone elses wrong doing now i know there are some bad cops but it looks to me like this cop wasn't in the wrong i watched the video and am glad they posted it for everyone to see this way the family can get straight in their mind that the officer had nothing to do with the wreck
  • by Chad Location: Davisville on Jun 9, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Let law enforcement do their jobs.. He followed protocol, and knew what was going on.. Dont be stupid and try and flee police officers.
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