Attempt to Apprehend Virginia Fugitive Suspect Almost Turns Deadly

Clinton Tribble

Clinton Tribble, Staunton Police

Staunton authorities received a tip on the location of wanted man, Clinton Tribble of Hite Road in August County. Two investigators headed to the location in question and spotted Tribble’s Chevrolet S-10 pick-up on Old Greenville Road. The officers attempted a traffic stop but Tribble fled, kicking off a four-mile chase.

In the course of the pursuit, according to the officers, Tribble repeatedly slammed on his breaks in an effort to crash the police vehicle. Tribble subsequently lost control of his truck and ran in to a ditch off of Stingy Hollow Road.

With the truck stalled, officers approached the truck with weapons drawn. Tribble ignored police orders to get out of the truck, keeping his head down and attempting to re-start the engine. Tribble succeeded in getting the truck started and took off heading directly at the officers, forcing one to dive out of the way to avoid being struck.

As the truck sped away, one of the officers managed to shoot out the left rear tire as well as hit the truck’s engine and gas tank but Tribble managed to drive another two miles before pulling over and surrendering.

Tribble was wanted on multiple warrants for obtaining money by false presences related to stealing checks and selling tools stolen from family members to a local pawnbroker as well as thee charges of grand larceny in connection with the same case.

To that list he can now add eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and a n attempted capital murder charge. Police suspect that Tribble was under the influence of the street drug “bath salts” at the time of the pursuit.

A stimulant with euphoric effects – and paranoia inducing side effects – the drug known as “bath salts” is generally some derivative of  methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).

Recently made illegal in Virginia, various formulations of the drug is can be found in gas stations and convenience stores across the country under names like under names like Ivory Wave, White Dove and Cloud Nine  and “not for human consumption,” skirting state and Federal controlled substance laws. Police report that their encounters with suspects believed to be high on MDPV are marked by violence and erratic behavior.

That certainly appears to have been the case with Clinton Tribble, who clearly needs more help than his likely stint behind bars is going to provide.


By | 2012-02-14T15:49:10+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Reckless Driving|0 Comments

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