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7 people hospitalized after deputy attempts traffic stop

A man from Manassas, Virginia, is facing charges of driving under the influence after he allegedly refused to stop for a Fauquier County sheriff's deputy.

The crash occurred on Halloween in Warrenton, Virginia, which is about a 30-minute drive from Manassas. The deputy tried to stop the 22-year-old's vehicle after it reportedly sped by him at over 80 mph on U.S. 29. When the driver fled, he tried to take an exit, but lost control of his 2001 Ford Focus.

The driver of the Ford smashed into the deputy's cruiser, resulting in serious injuries to a passenger in the man's car and to the deputy. Those two people were taken by helicopter to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening, but serious.

Another five people were taken by ambulance. Several agencies responded to the accident, including the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company. One of the volunteers suffered exposure to blood from one victim's open wound.

The Virginia State Police are still investigating the accident. Currently, the driver who fled is only charged with DUI. It is not known if additional charges will be filed.

When you're injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you deserve compensation for his or her negligent and/or reckless actions. While the driver may be charged in criminal court, seeking compensation in civil court is a different proceeding. Evidence from the criminal proceedings can be used in civil court, but criminal charges do not need to be filed in order for an injured party to seek compensation from the drunk driver. An experienced personal injury attorney can be a good source of additional information.

Source: Fauquier Times, "Deputy airlifted after traffic stop goes wrong early Saturday," Michael Melkonian, Nov. 03, 2015

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