A Hillsville woman has been charged with DUI and larceny of a vehicle after a bizarre arrest Dec. 7 that resulted in a Hillsville Police Department officer being bitten by a dog.
On Monday, Dec. 7 at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Hillsville Police Department was notified that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala had been taken from Montgomery Auto Care heading west on U.S. 58, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce. Officers from the Hillsville Police Department, Virginia State Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were in the area of the U.S. 58, Interstate 77 interchange when officers spotted the vehicle traveling west at Gardner’s Mill. Officers Hunter Grubb, Drew McCraw and James Dalton stopped the vehicle at the BP at Exit 14 and found Jenifer Rose Largen of Hillsville to be the driver.
Yonce said Hillsville Police Department Sgt. Robert Martin was at Montgomery’s Auto taking the stolen vehicle report. He transported Mr. Montgomery to the scene to identify the vehicle and driver.
“While conducting the investigation, Ms. Largen, who had a pit bull/great dane mix dog in the car, called for the dog, which jumped out the window and aggressively approached officers,” Yonce said. “Officer Drew McCraw attempted to stop the dog and was bitten on the arm. He was treated on scene by Carroll EMS.”
Yonce said Officer Grubb charged Largen with reckless driving, DUI, failure to stop, and larceny of the vehicle. He said Largen was out on bond for previous charges and that bond was revoked. She was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin.
The Hillsville Police Department was assisted on scene by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Carroll County Animal Control and Carroll Fire and Rescue.