Virginia State Police patrol car struck after woman fell asleep at wheel, police say


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia State Police patrol car was hit by another vehicle on I-664 early Wednesday morning after police say a North Carolina woman fell asleep at the wheel.

Virginia State Police say just before 5 a.m., a state trooper was sitting in the median across from the VDOT weigh station running radar on I-664 on the Suffolk side of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. The trooper was facing northbound traffic when the trooper vehicle was struck from behind by a 2014 Honda Accord driven by 22-year-old Dominique Alexandra Simmons, of Winton, North Carolina.

The state trooper and Simmons were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Simmons’ Accord (Via State Police)

All northbound lanes were shut down for over an hour while crews investigated, but have since reopened.

Police said Simmons told them she fell asleep at the wheel before striking the trooper’s vehicle. She was charged with reckless driving.

This is the second wreck involving a state trooper this week in the area. A trooper was injured was injured but later released from the hospital after a patrol vehicle was struck on Friday in York County.

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