We are always shocked to read about people who are charged with driving under the influence and flee the scene. When the alleged hit-and-run drunk driver is a sheriff’s deputy, the offense seems even worse.
This weekend Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office said a deputy had been placed on administrative suspension with pay after being charged with a driving under the influence following a hit and run incident Saturday morning, WAVY.com reported.
The crash left a woman injured, according to reports. WAVY reported on how the 31-year-old victim said she left the hospital Saturday night and is unsure when she’ll go back to work.
The deputy was later charged with DUI and misdemeanor hit and run. The crash happened near the intersection of Battlefield Boulevard and Cedar Road in Chesapeake.
“I was crossing the crossway of Cedar and then I noticed the white light to my right and then all of a sudden it just threw me like I spun in a circle,” Tracy Turner, told WAVY.com. She was coming home from her job.
Turner said the accident was the first wreck with another car she has been in. WAVY reported a witness told Turner that “as she drove, he hit her and she spun out overtop the sidewalk”. Turner said she had no idea who hit her because she says the driver took off. But she snapped pictures of the bumper left behind at the accident scene.
WAVY reported the deputy has worked for the sheriff’s office for 15 years and was assigned to the Classifications Section of the office. He was not driving a city vehicle when the wreck happened. Authorities arrested him in his home. The deputy bonded out of the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
As a personal injury lawyer who lives in Chesapeake, I was shocked to read this account. I also have to commend Ms. Turner for having the good sense to take accident pictures from the scene.
If you are hurt by a drunk driver, you have grounds to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. At Cooper Hurley we never defend drunk drivers. We sue them.
If you have been seriously injured by a drunk driver, you may be facing a serious crippling situation caused by your physical hardship. Our experienced Virginia DUI victim attorneys can help you pursue compensation from the drunk driver who caused your accident, seeking damages for:
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