Virginia police recently arrested a man they say was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Authorities believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident and may have played a role in the driver’s decision to initially leave the scene of the pedestrian accident. The driver is now facing multiple criminal charges, including DUI with an elevated BAC and:
- Maiming of a person resulting from a DUI
- DUI with a minor in the vehicle
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
A non-fatal pedestrian accident
Police were first notified of a pedestrian accident at approximately 12:45 p.m. on June 12, 2021. Multiple calls indicated that the driver had apparently left the scene of the accident. The responding officers were able to locate the pedestrian and had him transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.
Although the driver had allegedly left the scene at first, he had then parked his car in a parking lot nearby. Witnesses pointed out the driver as a 20-year-old man who was standing among a crowd that had formed at the original site of the accident. He was taken into police custody that same night.
The state of Virginia treats DUI charges very seriously. Drivers can even lose their licenses without ever being convicted. Part of what makes facing DUIs so challenging is the pace at which they move, which is much quicker than with other types of charges. Being proactive with one’s defense planning can come in handy in this type of situation, so it is often advisable to get an early start on criminal defense planning.