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Tow Truck - Police Vehicle Struck - 11.24.21 (VA) "Updated"


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Man charged after sideswiping Virginia State Police vehicle, tow truck in Sussex Co.


SUSSEX Co., Va. - A Waverly man was charged after he allegedly struck a Virginia State Police vehicle, then drove away from the scene, Wednesday evening.


According to the VSP, at about 7:10 p.m., a state trooper conducted a traffic stop in the right lane of Route 460. While the trooper was stopped behind the vehicle, which was in the process of being towed out of the shoulder area, his vehicle was sideswiped by a 2017 Nissan Altima.


The Nissan's driver, later identified as Russell L. Taylor, Jr., kept driving and sideswiped the tow truck.

He was pulled over several miles up the roadway.


Taylor was charged with reckless driving, failure to move over and driving while revoked.

No injuries were reported.


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VA State Trooper vehicle struck during traffic stop

A Virginia State trooper had something to be thankful for the day before Thanksgiving when his vehicle was sideswiped while he was on a traffic stop.

According to VA State Police,  the trooper had been conducting a traffic stop on Route 460, east of Route 614, when both his vehicle and a tow truck at the scene were struck by a 2017 Nissan Altima driven by 35 year old Waverly resident Russell L. Taylor, Jr., who subsequently fled the scene.


A release issued by the department revealed that at approximately 7:10 p.m. on November 24, the state trooper was stopped - with emergency equipment activated - in the right lane of Route 460, eastbound, behind a  vehicle that was being towed out of the shoulder area. His vehicle was struck as he was waiting for the tow truck to pull the stopped vehicle out of the shoulder area.


The driver of the Nissan, later identified as Taylor, continued traveling in the eastbound lanes of Route 460, after also sideswiping the tow truck, until he was pulled over by the trooper, several miles up the roadway. 


Taylor, from the 29000 block of Lobb Shop Road in Waverly, was charged with reckless driving, failing to move over, and driving while revoked.


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