A man in York County was arrested and charged after allegedly striking a VDOT subcontractor on the side of Interstate 64 on the afternoon of Sept. 19. The man has been charged with drinking and driving and will therefore require a DUI defense when he faces a Virginia court. He is currently in police custody at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail against no bond, though it is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.
According to the report, witnesses at the scene reported the man was driving an SUV on I-64 when the accident occurred. Apparently, traffic was congested as a result of construction in certain lanes, so the accused individual drove around the cones, proceeding down a lane that was still under construction. The 30-year-old driver then reportedly struck a subcontractor before re-entering the interstate and fleeing the scene.
The man ran out of gas around the 243 mile marker, whereupon he was interviewed by officers on site. He reportedly had a 4-year-old child in the car with him at the time. Police on the scene arrested the man on charges of DUI, felony hit and run, child endangerment and reckless driving. The man he hit was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries.
If the man is found guilty of the charges filed against him, he could face serious jail time as well as fines and the loss of his license. This is why Virginia prosecutors are required to provide proof beyond reasonable doubt that the man was intoxicated at the time of the accident. His attorney will attempt to build a DUI defense that will reduce or excuse the charges against him.