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Gayle Manchin Discharged From Hospital, Driver Apprehended After Car Accident

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FILE - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his wife, Gayle Manchin, arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, June 22, 2023, in Washington. Gayle Manchin and a colleague of hers, Guy Land, were injured Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, in the accident which happened in Birmingham as they traveled from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to an area hotel.
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Gayle Manchin, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, was released from an Alabama hospital on Wednesday following a Monday car crash.

Manchin and Guy Land, ARC congressional liaison, were heading to an ARC event in Birmingham, Alabama when a driver fleeing police struck their vehicle.

Police officers allegedly attempted to stop the driver, Tradarryl Rishad Boykins, in relation to a felony warrant and traffic offense, al.com reported Wednesday. Boykins attempted to evade the officers, resulting in a seven-minute car chase and the ensuing collision.

Boykins is now charged with two counts of felony assault, attempting to elude police and illegal possession of a firearm, the Associated Press reported. He is being held on a $2 million bond, and court records do not yet show whether he has legal representation.

After his wife’s discharge Wednesday, Sen. Manchin released a statement noting that she had returned to West Virginia to receive further care from family members.

“We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support,” Manchin said.

Land is still receiving treatment at a hospital in Birmingham. In a Wednesday press release, the ARC said he “is continuing to receive excellent medical care” from staff at the medical facility.