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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Drunk Driver Crashes into K-9 Deputy’s Occupied Vehicle

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Loudoun County, VA (April 18, 2023) – A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) K-9 deputy was struck by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop.

On April 16, 2023, at approximately 1:30 am, a K-9 deputy was conducting a traffic stop for a vehicle speeding in the area of Route 7 (West) at the ramp of Battlefield in Leesburg.

At approximately 1:43 am, while writing a summons to the driver of the speeding vehicle, with his emergency equipment active, another vehicle crashed into the patrol vehicle with the deputy and canine inside, causing damage to the vehicle. The deputy was able to follow the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop.  The subject fled the scene at a reckless speed and eventually stopped.  He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested. Neither the deputy, his canine partner, nor the driver was injured. 

The driver of the vehicle, Robert Charles Neumeister, 40, of Stephenson, was arrested and charged with Hit & Run, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, Eluding, and Narcotics Possession. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, where he is held on no bond.

Charles Neumeister

Robert C. Numeister

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