Update On Trooper Struck By Driver In Botetourt County

We’re learning more about an incident in which a trooper was struck by a driver in Botetourt County. Virginia State Police arrested Hunter Lee Ruley, 20, of Lexington, Va. in
connection with a hit and run crash which occurred on Route 11 in Botetourt County on Friday,
(Dec 20), involving a Virginia State Police Trooper.
The crash occurred at 9:56 p.m. while Senior Trooper R.E. Tackett was investigating a crash
with another vehicle and a bear. The trooper was entering his vehicle from the passenger
side, when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck. The Virginia State Police was
able to use the video system in the trooper’s vehicle to obtain a description of the vehicle that
struck the trooper.
Shortly after the crash, Ruley posted on social media he was selling a set of 4 oversize wheels
and tires from a 2004 Chevrolet. Investigators received information on the posting from a
citizen, and using the pictures provided by Ruley on the site; was able locate the truck at a
residence in Rockbridge County.
Troopers seized the vehicle and Ruley was later arrested at that location.
Ruley was charged with Felony Hit and Run and transported to the Rockbridge County Jail.
Mug shot can be obtained from the Rockbridge County Jail.