A 35-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly struck three pedestrians while driving drunk. The incident occurred on Jan. 21 in southwest Roanoke, Virginia.
According to authorities, officers were called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident on the 1900 block of Memorial Avenue at approximately 10:45 p.m. They were told that three male victims, ages 31, 33 and 35, had been hit by a white sedan as they walked on the sidewalk. The car then drove south on Winborne Avenue. Shortly afterward, authorities received reports that a white car collided with a parked vehicle on the 1700 block of Windsor Avenue. Responding officers said that the defendant attempted to exit his car and flee on foot, but he fell down and was apprehended.
The defendant reportedly told police that he had been drinking at three separate establishments that night. He also allegedly admitted that he knew he was not fit to drive. He submitted to a series of field sobriety tests, which officers claim he failed. He also submitted to a breath test, which indicated he had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.304, more than three times Virginia's legal limit. He was placed under arrest and charged with drunk driving, felony hit-and-run for striking the pedestrians and misdemeanor hit-and-run for hitting the parked car. The three victims were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Investigators learned that the defendant and victims knew each other and the hit-and-run may have been intentional.
Drunk driving charges can have serious consequences for those who are convicted. This is particularly true when a defendant was involved in a collision that resulted in injuries. However, a criminal defense attorney might try to obtain a plea agreement that mitigates the penalties.
Source: The Roanoke Times, "3 men injured in Roanoke hit-and-run", Neil Harvey, Jan. 22, 2018