A Fries man has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in connection with a Feb. 3 stabbing of a Carroll County man.
According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, Galax Police were called to a motel in the City of Galax on Feb. 3 to investigate a complaint of damaged property. Clark said Police Officer Adam Newman met with a witness and his initial investigation caused him to believe that there had been an altercation because of what he believed to be blood stains at the scene.
While Newman and Sergeant Jacob Vaughan were on scene at the motel, a 911 call was received reporting that there was a stabbing victim on Interstate 77 in Carroll County. Clark said because of the reported nature of the injury, Carroll County Deputy Josh Bowers responded along with EMS units.
“Bowers discovered Joshua David Whorley, 37, of Sylvatus, suffering with life-threatening injuries. Bowers administered first aid measures until the victim’s transport,” Clark said. “Whorley was transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody by Bowers.”
Clark said Galax Police were notified during the investigation that there was an individual at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
“It was determined that the patient was also the suspect in the incident currently under investigation,” Clark said. “Luke Cameron Dale, 24, of Fries was transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital for surgical repair of a non-life threatening injury.”
Clark said Dale is charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding on a warrant obtained by Detective Robbie Isom. Dale was arrested upon his release from treatment and is being held as a fugitive from justice in Forsyth County, N.C. awaiting extradition back to Virginia.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Bowers responded to the Interstate 77 Exit 19 area at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 to attempt to locate a vehicle with a passenger inside suffering from a stab wound. Lt. Bobby Lyons located the car on the Exit 24 off ramp, at the Carroll County-Wythe County line. When Deputy Bowers arrived at Exit 24, EMS was on scene treating Whorley for a stab wound. Whorley was transported to the hospital because of the seriousness of his wounds.
“Deputy Bowers spoke with the driver of the car, who advised him there had been an altercation in Galax earlier in the night and she was transporting Whorley to the hospital in Wytheville,” Gardner said. “Deputy Bowers ran a check through NCIC and found the driver, 24-year-old Ashley Rene Sink, was wanted on contempt of court charges in Galax. Ms. Sink listed a Galax address. Ms. Sink was arrested on the outstanding warrants and transported to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, taken before the magistrate and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.”
Gardner said a search of the car produced several items containing what appeared to be narcotics.
“The items collected were seized as evidence and will be submitted to the state lab for analysis and other possible charges,” Gardner said.