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Virginia police pursuit leads to crash, DUI charge

Most drivers in Virginia are safe and committed to following laws; however, even safe drivers can sometimes be accused of driving too fast, for example. Unfortunately, an unexpected confrontation with law enforcement officers can be overwhelming, and the potential for one could cause some drivers to panic. In fact, police have accused a driver of DUI after they say he refused to stop for a police officer.

A Virginia State Police trooper claims to have noticed a 39-year-old driver driving over the speed limit during the late afternoon hours of a day in May. The trooper claims that the driver refused to stop, prompting a pursuit. The driver allegedly came to a stop after leaving the interstate and striking three vehicles at an intersection.

Law enforcement officers claim that the man attempted to run from the scene but was unable to do so as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment. Three other drivers were also transported to the hospital; reports indicate that they suffered minor injuries.

In addition to the DUI charge, the Virginia man is also accused of failing to yield at a traffic light, felony elude, reckless driving and no valid operator's license, among others. When it comes to criminal allegations, the reports in the media are typically the version told by law enforcement officers, and those charged with crimes are fully entitled to the presumption of innocence. For him to be convicted of the crimes of which he is charged, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt in court and beyond a reasonable doubt.

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