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Driver to appeal charges in city chase
A man accused of taking a customer’s vehicle from the repair shop where he worked and crashing it pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday.
Sinda Lokayi, 29, of Fredericksburg was arrested early Aug. 10 following a late-night chase during which three vehicles and a boat were damaged, according to city police.
One of the vehicles, a Ford Lincoln SUV, had been left at the Tire Zone on Princess Anne Street to have brake work done. Lokayi had a management position at the business, according to the evidence.
Lokayi Thursday pleaded guilty in Fredericksburg General District Court to driving while intoxicated (second offense), three counts of hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license, refusing to take a breath test and possession of marijuana.
He also waived a preliminary on two felony charges, eluding police and grand larceny of an auto. Those charges were certified to a circuit court grand jury.
Judge John R. Stevens sentenced him to a total of seven years in jail with all but just under six months suspended on the misdemeanor offenses.
Lokayi, who is represented by attorney Jim Ilijevich, then immediately appealed his guilty pleas to circuit court, meaning that the entire case will eventually be decided there.
According to prosecutor Travis Bird, the incident began about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 9 when Officer Rich Young saw this Lincoln SUV being driven erratically in the area of Caroline and Canal streets.
During the ensuing pursuit, the Lincoln struck a parked boat and two parked cars and was driven for several blocks on two flat tires.
The incident ended on Prince Edward Street when the driver crashed the now ruined Lincoln into two parked cars.
Bird said after being taken into custody, Lokayi told police he had taken the car out to make sure the repair work had been done properly.
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