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Driver Charged in Crash with Charlottesville Police Cruiser

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A Charlottesville woman has been charged with driving under the influence after running into a police cruiser Sunday night. 

The incident happened around 8:30 near the intersection of Elliott Avenue and 6th Street.  Police say 22-year-old Hope Herdon failed to stop at a red light and struck the passenger door of a police cruiser, causing the vehicle to strike a fire hydrant.  Both cars were totaled. 

Herdon and the police officer were treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. 

Along with DUI, Herdon has also been charged with disregarding a red traffic signal.


Charlottesville Police Department
Press Release

At approximately 8:30 pm last night, an evening shift officer was patrolling near the 600 Blk of Elliott Ave.  The officer was traveling north bound in a 2010 Ford, Crown Vic on 6th. St. SE  crossing over Elliott Ave on a green light. 

Hope Herndon, a 22-year-old female from Charlottesville, was traveling west on Elliott Ave. in a 2002 Hyundai,  when she failed to stop at the red light and struck the passenger door, of police cruiser causing the vehicle to strike a fire hydrant. 

The officer and Herndon were treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. 
 
Herndon was charged with DUI and disregarding a red traffic signal.  Both vehicles were totaled.

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