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Man charged after hit-and-run in Stafford County

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By KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County man was arrested Tuesday after police said he crashed a car into another vehicle before running from the scene.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Kevin Lytle went to the 1000 block of John Paul Jones Drive shortly after 7 a.m. to assist Aquia Harbour police with an incident there. Two vehicles with significant front-end damage and air bags deployed were there, but the driver of one of the vehicles was gone.

The remaining driver told police that the vehicle that struck him head-on went out of control while being driven at a high speed. He said he saw the other driver get out of his vehicle and run down a hill and out of sight. The victim was treated at a local hospital for injuries and released.

Lytle was soon able to determine that the owner of the empty vehicle lived nearby in Aquia Harbour. As the deputy was heading toward the residence, the owner called police and reported her vehicle stolen.

Kennedy said Lytle noticed fresh footprints in the snow leading from the area of the crash to the owner’s front door. His investigation revealed that she had given a man who also lives in the house permission to use her vehicle, police said.

She told police that the man had returned home and told her to report the vehicle stolen, Kennedy said. He then got into another vehicle and left the area, police said.

Travis Carr, 33, was arrested later Tuesday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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