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Posted February 17, 2011 | comments 2 Comments

*Pickup sought after SUV and police cruiser are struck

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Police are looking for a pickup suspected of striking a parked vehicle and a police cruiser downtown Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded at 3:20 p.m. to a report of a 2005 Hyundai SUV parked at South Braddock and Cecil streets, which appeared to have been struck by another vehicle, according to Sgt. Frank Myrtle, of the Winchester Police Department. Witnesses told officers the vehicle was last seen north on Braddock Street.

Approximately 40 minutes later while officers continued their investigation a pickup, described as "electric blue," traveled by the scene, Myrtle said. The pickup then struck the driver's side of a police cruiser parked in the area and the driver left the area, last seen heading east on Cork Street, according to Myrtle.

No one was in either the SUV or the cruiser when they were struck, Myrtle said.

The pickup has a Virginia license plate SXU-5347, according to police. The suspect vehicle likely has damage on its passenger side, Myrtle said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the police department at 662-4131 or Crimesolvers at 665-TIPS.


    You have the tag number and still don't know who it is? Illegal comes to mind.

    When a light blue van struck another vehicle causing them to lose control and flip mulitple times on I 81 in Middletown close to the weigh station a few months ago they also said to call in any info you may have. They said that this light blue van had damage to the driver's side door and they had just kept going after causing the other vehicle's accident.

    A couple of days later I saw a light blue van with their emergency flashers on parked on the shoulder of I 81 in Stephens City that had damage to the driver's side door, so I called it in so they could at least check it out. The woman/dispatcher that answered at the State Police office gave me a hard time making me repeat over and over again what I was talking about and she asked "What accident on 81 by the weigh station??" I will repeat...I called this in just a couple of days after this accident when they supposedly had an APB out on this van and the dispatcher had no idea what I was talking about!!

    With that having been said, I think that anyone answering the phones whether it be at the state police office, county sheriff's office or local police should have been briefed on such things, so that if and when such a call comes in it can be handled in a more productive manner and a criminal could actually be caught! I often wonder if they ever acted on my call or just put it off as some crank call from a crazy lady. Wonder if that van was ever found?

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