Virginia Reckless Driving, DUI Charge in New Kent Chase
A Richmond man is charged with reckless driving and DUI in New Kent County, Virginia, among other charges. He has been taken into custody.
Angel Rafael Lopez-Morga was arrested following a police chase and accident on Interstate 64. He is charged with attempted murder of a police officer after striking a New Kent Sheriff’s deputy. He was also charged with malicious wounding a police officer, eluding police and hit & run, in addition to driving under the influence and reckless driving.
The incident occurred when the New Kent Sheriff’s Office were alerted to an erratic driver on the highway. As police responded, they learned that the suspect had turned around and was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction on I-64.
New Kent Sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Thomas managed to pull the car over. After ignoring Thomas’s verbal commands, Lopez-Morga’s vehicle took off, hitting Thomas’s cruiser. The accident broke Thomas’s hand and left him with several other minor injuries.
Police say the suspect, when finally stopped, refused to exit his vehicle and resisted arrest.
Sgt. Thomas was taken to Memorial Regional Medical Center and released. Lopez-Morga was treated at VCU Medical center and later handed to police. He is currently being held without bond at Henrico Jail East.
Lopez is charged with DUI 1st and reckless driving, among other crimes, in New Kent County, VA.
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