Driver Charged After Striking Loudoun Co. Deputy

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:58 PM EDT
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Driver Charged After Striking Loudoun Co. Deputy

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A driver is facing charges in Loudoun County, Va., after hitting a sheriff’s deputy early Monday.

Capt. Brian Courneya hit a deer with his county-issued car on Route 7 in Leesburg, authorities said. He turned on his emergency lights, pulled then got out of the car to look for the injured deer.

Then Craig Trout, of Lovettsville, came upon slow-moving traffic, swerved to avoid it and crossed the median before striking Courneya with his Jeep Cherokee.

The deputy was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Trout was charged with reckless driving.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident around 5:20 a.m. who has not talked to investigators already should call 703-737-8307.

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