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3 arrested, 1 severely injured after pair of vehicles stolen

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HICO (WVVA) - A man is severely injured after being ejected from one stolen vehicle in Fayette County -- and deputies discover the injury while chasing a second stolen vehicle.

Investigators say that three adult suspects-- 23-year-old Christopher Knight of Summersville, 21-year-old Lakin Clark of Summersville and 36-year-old Bryon Hatfield of Mullens -- stole a black passenger car from the Summersville area Friday morning.

The three then allegedly stole a set of license plates from another vehicle at a nearby residence, where they were joined by a 16-year-old juvenile.

The suspects were traveling South on Route 19 when they crashed and Knight was ejected from the vehicle. Police say he suffered a severe head wound as a result.

Police say the suspects then stole another vehicle -- a truck -- from the Hico area and proceeded south on Route 19 toward Oak Hill.

The owner of the truck was hunting in a nearby tree stand, saw the theft, and contacted 911.

Fayette County sheriffs deputies -- with assistance from the Oak Hill Police Department -- stopped the truck at the intersection of Route 19 and Appalachian Drive in Oak Hill.

Knight was taken by police to Plateau Medical Center. He was later transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Hatfield, Clark and the juvenile were all taken into custody.

Hatfield -- identified as the driver -- was charged with conspiracy, grand larceny, fleeing in a vehicle and giving false information to police. He was arraigned on $50,000 bond.

Clark was charged with conspiracy, grand larceny and giving false information to police. Her bond was set at $40,000 bond.

A juvenile petition was filed against the teen on charges of conspiracy and grand larceny.

Knight will face charges of conspiracy and grand larceny when he is released from the hospital.

Additional charges will likely be filed in Nicholas County. The incident remains under investigation.

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