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License plate snags hit-and-run DUI driver

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A dislodged license plate has resulted in a felony conviction for a 30-year-old Stafford County man.

Justin Michael Leroy Sayers was convicted of felony hit and run following a short trial Friday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Alan Budny, John Powell driving was on George Street early Jan. 28 when Sayers ran a red light on Caroline and crashed into the driver’s side of his vehicle.

Powell testified that the Sayers walked over and asked if he was OK. Powell, who lost a tooth and suffered other injuries, told Sayers he was not.

Sayers then got back in his wrecked vehicle and drove away. But he left behind his front license, which fell off during the collision.

Officer Chris Perdue broadcast a lookout for the vehicle owner and Stafford deputy Dimas Pinzon found it a short time later on Truslow Road in Stafford.

The vehicle had been wrecked again and was in a ditch. It had severe front-end damage and was missing the front license plate.

Sayers, who told the deputy he’d been drinking at Spirit’s earlier that evening, was charged and later convicted in Stafford of driving under the influence.

He is currently serving a jail sentence for the DUI conviction and Judge Donald Haddock Friday revoked his Fredericksburg bond pending sentencing in the city.

A date for the city sentencing has not yet been set.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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