Arrest made after Strasburg mayor crashes into town library

Published: May. 20, 2019 at 11:46 AM EDT
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UPDATE: July 12, 2019

Virginia State Police have charged the mayor of Strasburg with DUI.

The charges stem from a single-vehicle crash in the town of Strasburg on May 17, 2019. Police said 54-year-old RIchard A. Orndorff was driving a John Deer Gator ATV on Route 11 when he lost control and struck the Strasburg Community Library.

According to police, this more recent DUI charge is Orndorff's second offense within five years.


The mayor of Strasburg is being treated for serious injuries after reportedly crashing a John Deere Gator into a library on Friday night.

According to Virginia State Police, 54-year-old Richard A. Orndorff Jr. was driving a Gator (RTV) along West King Street (Route 11) at 10:58 p.m. on May 17 when he lost control, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the street, and crashed into the corner of the Strasburg Community Library at 195 West King St.

Police say he was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but police say charges are pending. It's unclear exactly what charges may be brought.

The Strasburg Police Department issued a statement asking the community to "please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers."