Cluster Springs Post Office

The Cluster Springs Post Office was damaged early Saturday morning after police say a Chevrolet Suburban driven by 19-year-old Brock Owen Poole of Huell Matthews Highway struck it. Police also say it is believed alcohol was a factor in the wreck and suspected narcotics were found on Poole’s person.

A 19-year-old South Boston man faces several charges resulting from a hit and run that occurred at 2:58 a.m. Saturday after he struck the Cluster Springs Post Office.

Brock Owen Poole of Huell Matthews Highway faces a felony charge each of assault and battery of a police officer, child abuse, possession of schedule I or II controlled substance and deliver a prisoner weapon/ammo.

He also faces a misdemeanor charge each of reckless driving, hit and run unattended, purchasing alcohol for a person under 21, fleeing from law enforcement, driving without a license and selling tobacco to a minor.

According to Halifax County Sheriff Deputy Giles Jones, he first witnessed Poole and two other individuals in a Chevrolet Suburban on Ashcroft Place “partially in the roadway and partially in the ditch.”

When the suspect put the vehicle in reverse, Jones activated his lights, and Jones said Poole put it back in drive and headed toward Huell Matthews Highway.

Jones pursued the Chevrolet, and when he came up on the vehicle, he said it had came to a stop after striking the post office.

“Another unit observed Poole getting out of the vehicle,” said Jones.

After exiting the vehicle, Poole took off on a short foot pursuit, and was apprehended by Giles.

“He was combative in resisting arrest,” he added.

Upon apprehension, Giles noticed that Poole had the “odor of an alcohol beverage,” and suspected narcotics were found on Poole’s person.

Two passengers also were in the vehicle with Poole. One was a minor, who Giles said complained of minor injury and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

The identity of the other passenger was not immediately available.

Virginia State Police also responded to the scene, and trooper R. L. Compton is the investigating officer.