Shenandoah deputy injured in hit and run incident

Joseph Cominsky

Shenandoah County authorities are searching for a Georgia man who they say injured a deputy during a hit and run incident at 10:20 a.m. Friday in Edinburg.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said Leon Joseph Cominsky, 54, has been charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer; eluding law enforcement; hit and run; drunk driving; and reckless driving. Cominsky is also wanted on other charges in Virginia and Georgia.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the injured deputy as Daniel Dunivan. Dunivan, responding to a report of a suspicious person or vehicle, stopped Cominsky’s car in the 500 block of Piccadilly Street in Edinburg, Carter said. Dunivan tried to take Cominsky into custody after observing behavior that led him to suspect Cominsky of being drunk, Carter stated.

“He was making an attempt to remove the suspect from the vehicle, and that’s when the suspect basically drove off while the deputy was trying to get him under control,” Carter said.

Cominsky sped away and struck the deputy, Carter said, adding that Dunivan recovered, got in his car and tried to find Cominsky after he fled.

“I think we had a witness who saw him a block or two from the event,” Carter said of Cominsky.

The incident left Dunivan with an injured leg that was treated at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Dunivan was released from the hospital by early evening.

“We anticipate he’ll return to work sometime next week,” Carter said of Dunivan.

Cominsky was driving a light silver 2007 Hyundai Sonata sedan with Georgia plates AZT5609, which are visible only on the car’s rear. Authorities describe him as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown and gray hair.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 459-6100.

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