STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — A man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of purposefully running over a park ranger on a hiking trail at Hanging Rock in Stokes County, according to investigators.
According to Hanging Rock officials, the incident happened on September 6.
The Rockingham County sheriff’s office arrested Keenan James Foster.
Officials said the incident happened after Hanging Rock park ranger Eryn Staib heard someone riding a motorcycle on the Lower Cascades hiking trail, which is prohibited.
Hanging Rock officials said Staib came towards the motorcyclist to stop him, but the motorcyclist purposefully ran over Staib as she attempted to close the gate to the Lower Cascades entrance, park officials said.
According to Hanging Rock officials, after being run over, Staib and another ranger chased Foster, but were unsuccessful.
Investigators reported the Rockingham County sheriff’s office charged Foster with multiple charges including wildlife violation, failure to give information/aid to person injured, hit-and-run, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a detention officer, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, fleeing and eluding arrest, and exceeding a safe speed.
If you have any further information on the incident, contact state park officials at (336) 593-8480.