Driver Arrested For Wrong Way DUI Crash in Chesapeake
Intoxicated drivers often cause wrong way wrecks. Police say a drunk driver caused a wrong way DUI crash in Chesapeake that left two people injured over the weekend.
A report on WAVY.com noted the driver of a Ford F-150 ended up in jail and two people were taken to the hospital following a DUI crash on at the I-664 and I-264 interchange early on Sunday morning.
Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a head-on collision at 5:41 a.m. on Interstate 664. The state police investigation revealed a Ford F-150 pickup truck was heading westbound in the wrong direction on I-264 east.
A Chevrolet Suburban traveling onto I-264 east from the I-664 southbound lane, when the Ford F-150 hit the SUV head-on.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a spokeswoman with Virginia State Police said the driver of the Ford pick-up was subsequently charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Both occupants of the Chevrolet Suburban were wearing their seatbelts. They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Virginia State Police did not disclose the extent of the injuries sustained by the occupants of the Suburban.
We were alarmed to read about this alleged wrong-way DUI crash in Chesapeake. We hope the victims make a good recovery.
Drunk drivers are a menace on the highways of Hampton Roads. About a third of all road deaths in the Commonwealth of Virginia are caused by alcohol or drugs. Although the drunk driving death toll has been cut nationally over the last two decades, it has failed to fall significantly in recent years.
According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 7,591 alcohol-related crashes in the Commonwealth in 2015. Sadly, 247 of these proved to be fatal.
Drunk driving is indiscriminate. The victims include other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists.
Arrest for Wrong Way DUI Crash in Chesapeake Was One of a Series of Incidents
Police attended a spate of accidents over the weekend. In Suffolk, a police officer was sitting in his police car on Bridge Road when the car was hit.
Suffolk police said the officer was in a parked car in the 3300 block of Bridge Road. He topped to assist a stranded motorist. The officer was hit and hurt by a driver who later tested positive for DUI, police said.
The police officer’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
In Norfolk, dispatchers said a man was hit by a car in the Ocean View area of the city Saturday night.
The emergency call came in just before 9 p.m. in the 300 block area of West Ocean View Avenue.
The victim was transported to a local hospital. Dispatchers did know the extent of his injuries.
Our thoughts are with those who were injured on the highways of Hampton Roads over the weekend. If you have been hurt by the actions of a drunk, reckless, distracted or a negligent driver, please call our Chesapeake injury attorneys at (757) 455-0077.