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Stafford man charged in hit and run

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A young Stafford man was arrested Wednesday following an incident in which he allegedly drove into a stopped vehicle and honked his horn at a deputy as he was leaving the scene, police said.

According to Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy, a woman was at a stoplight on McWhirt Loop preparing to turn right onto U.S. 17 shortly after noon when a vehicle jumped the sidewalk of the CVS parking lot, came across the grass and struck her car.

The driver then took off, and as he sped by, blew his horn at Deputy Tyler Johnson, who was conducting an unrelated traffic stop nearby.

Witnesses gave Deputy Alex Smith a description of the suspect and his vehicle, and Smith was able to identify the man.

As Smith was on his way to the suspect’s home on Rollingside Drive, he learned that Deputy Joseph Duggins already had the damaged suspect vehicle stopped in the area of Monument Drive and Courthouse Road.

Maurice Levi Nowlin Jr., 20, was charged with felony hit-and-run and two counts of reckless driving—one for driving over the sidewalk and the other for speeding. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

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