Police: Waynesboro Man Causes Nearly $13,000 Worth of Damage

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email
A look at the Cavalier police say Coffey was driving

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man after they say he went on a reckless driving bender last Thursday afternoon that left five vehicles, including his own, with nearly $13,000 worth of damage.

Roger Lee Coffey, Jr., 46 years old, faces multiple charges after police say he slammed his 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier into to several other vehicles on North Delphine Avenue and drove away. He has been charged with two felony counts of hit and run, two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, a traffic infraction for no liability insurance and a traffic violation for no vehicle inspection.

At about 12:25 p.m. on June 19, officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on N Delphine Ave and 7th Street. There they spoke with a 33-year-old Stuarts Draft woman who said the state-owned vehicle she was driving, a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, was hit by the 97 Cavalier as it pulled onto N Delphine Ave from 7th St.

The Cavalier then fled north on N Delphine Ave. Just three minutes later, three vehicles were struck at the intersection of N Delphine Ave and 2nd Street.

All three drivers, who were traveling northbound, reported being stopped at the intersection for a red light, when the Cavalier came up behind them and sideswiped them to get through the intersection. The Cavalier continued traveling northbound on N Delphine where it eventually left the city.

The three drivers and vehicles were a 63-year-old Richmond man driving a 2013 Nissan van; a 36-year-old Waynesboro woman driving a 2007 Ford Mustang; and a 27-year-old Afton man driving a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. There were no reported injuries but a combined $7,000 damage done to the four vehicles.

The Waynesboro Emergency Operations Center broadcast the suspect vehicle to surrounding jurisdictions and the Virginia State Police. Approximately four hours later, a state trooper located the vehicle wrecked on Battlefield Road near New Hope. Coffey was present and subsequently arrested by the trooper for public intoxication. Coffey’s Cavalier sustained $6,000 worth of damage.

He has been released on bond from Middle River Regional Jail.

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