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Man accused of hitting roommate with vehicle

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains in jail accused of running over his roommate and fleeing the scene.

Christopher Todd Miller stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and failing to stop for a crash resulting in an injury. Miller, 53, of Strasburg, is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court today. Miller is being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Charles Ramsey represents Miller.

Virginia trooper M.W. Painter arrested Miller on both charges Thursday. Painter responded at 7:04 p.m. Tuesday to a reported hit-and-run crash at 205 Spiker Lane in Strasburg, a criminal complaint states. Painter arrived and met with the alleged victim, Donald Fred Jones, 50, in the ambulance at the scene.

“(Jones) stated that the accused hit him with his vehicle and left,” Painter states. “Tire marks on the scene were consistent with a vehicle, pinning the victim against the brick wall of the garage as later stated by the victim.”

Authorities found Miller miles away in Strasburg at 161 S. Fort St. Painter states that Miller said he tried to scare the victim. Miller used his vehicle to move the victim out of the way, the complaint states. The victim has bruises on his torso and back injuries. Miller did not immediately stop at the scene.

Jones appeared before Judge W. Dale Houff in General District Court on Monday asking that he issue a protective order against Miller. Even though Miller remains in jail, Jones sought the protective order in anticipation of the court granting the defendant’s release on bond. Jones said he and Miller lived at the same address.

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