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Man faces 10 years for DWI in horrific West End crash in Safeway parking lot

A 52-year-old Alexandria man faces up to 10 years in prison after allegedly driving while intoxicated and pinning a man who was packing his car with groceries in a West End parking lot.

On April 12, Catalin Filipeanu was indicted by the Grand Jury for the City of Alexandria for maiming a person by driving while intoxicated and possession of Xanax.

The 59-year-old victim lost both of his legs.

The incident occurred on Jan. 5, 2021 in the parking lot of the Safeway at 299 S. Van Dorn Street in the Van Dorn Plaza shopping center. Filipeanu stayed at the scene and waited for police.

“Maiming-DWI is a felony offense punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in the penitentiary and a fine of not more than $100,000,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter’s office said in a statement. “Xanax is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of not more than $1,000.”

There were also two incidents last year of pedestrians in Alexandria who lost limbs after being struck by cars.

No trial date has been set.

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