Mt. Vernon Police District – On Saturday, March 4, around 8:20 in the evening, an officer was driving his marked 2009 Ford Taurus northbound on Richmond Highway near Arlington Drive. At the same time, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, traveling south on Richmond Highway, approaching Arlington Drive, turned in front of the cruiser. The cars collided in the intersection. Fortunately, the officer was not injured and immediately checked on the other driver. Other officers arrived and saw the driver of the Sonata walking around the car; he appeared to be unsteady on his feet. They smelled an odor of alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests. The driver, Toney Sampson, 31, of Alexandria was taken into custody and charged with DWI, refusal, possession of marijuana and failing to yield the right of way.
This incident is a good example of why we continue to aggressively enforce DWI laws, conduct sobriety check points and have our newly formed DWI Squad, in order to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and possibly hurting someone. We are thankful that all parties involved in this incident were not seriously injured.
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