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Local man hospitalized, charged in accident

By Joe Beck

Shenandoah County authorities charged a Woodstock man with several crimes following his hospitalization for injuries suffered Friday night in a traffic accident.

Sheriff's Office officials say Daniel Lee Lafayette, 41, of 1032 Stultz Gap Road, crashed his 1995 Honda Acura at about 11:25 p.m. on Readus Road. The car rolled over several times and Lafayette was ejected, Lt. Darcy Dellinger said.

Dellinger said Lafayette was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Dellinger listed the injuries known to deputies as a cut to the head and leg pain.

Dellinger said arrest warrants have been issued charging Lafayette with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of schedule I or schedule II drugs and a second offense for driving as a habitual offender. Dellinger cited cocaine as an example of a schedule I or schedule II drug.

Dellinger said the accident was preceded by an attempt to pull Lafayette over for speeding by a Shenandoah County deputy whose radar recorded him as traveling 70 mph southbound on Senedo Road.

The deputy, who had been traveling northbound, turned around and tried to follow Lafayette, Dellinger said. Contours in the road caused the deputy to lose sight of Lafayette's vehicle, which turned onto Readus Road, Dellinger said.

Dellinger said the accident did not involve a police pursuit. He described the deputy's actions as "an attempt to stop" Lafayette's car.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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