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A man was arrested after an alleged hit-and-run in Arlandria on Sunday morning, Aug. 6, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

A 25-year-old Alexandria man was arrested after a terrifying incident early Sunday morning in which he allegedly drove his SUV into multiple vehicles and almost hit bystanders in an Arlandria parking lot.

Mike Vasquez Lopez is being held on a $3,500 bond after being charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and two counts of hit and run property damage.

At around 1:15 a.m., Lopez was filmed allegedly driving erratically through a parking lot in the 4100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. Police said via scanner that he was “kicked out” of Ricky’s Sports Bar at 4124 Mount Vernon Avenue, and that he then allegedly struck multiple vehicles with a dark blue GMC SUV.

No one was injured in the incident.

While the suspect allegedly drove through the parking lot, people in the lot pelted his SUV with rocks and tried to stop it, according to the video. The suspect then allegedly drove away from the scene shortly before police arrived, and he was arrested near the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and S. Glebe Road.

Lopez was also found guilty in June of driving without a license and failing to yield to pedestrians and is past due on paying the court more than $200 in fines. He is scheduled to appear for his arraignment in court today (Monday).

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A driver was hospitalized after she drove her car into Robcyns (3660 King Street) at the Bradlee Shopping Center.

The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m., according to the dispatch.

The driver was taken away on a stretcher and told ALXnow they accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

“What’s important is that everyone is okay,” said owner Meghan Herzing. “The lady, the driver, is a customer. I know her, and she was crying and profusely apologizing.”

The crash is not even the first of its kind this year: another driver sent their car through the front window of the nearby Tropical Smoothie Cafe in February.

“Over the last six years this has happened to the Hallmark store, the Shoe Repair store, Starbucks and Tropical Smoothie,” Herzig said. A driver also slammed into the front of the Capital One bank branch at the shopping center a few years ago.

The vehicular mayhem at the Bradlee Shopping Center is in addition to a recent shots fired incident, last year’s fatal stabbing, and safety concerns about loitering teenagers among employees at the center.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story

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(Updated 2:50 p.m.) The westbound lanes of Seminary Road between the 4600 and 4700 blocks — near Francies C. Hammond Middle School — have reopened following a two-vehicle car crash that temporarily shut down traffic.

Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) spokesperson Raytevia Evans said the call for an accident went out around 2 p.m.

“AFD units were dispatched, including rescue squad to help get a car door open,” Evans said. Two individuals sustained nonlife-threatening injuries, and both are being transported for additional treatment.”

Evans said police are at the scene of the incident and road closures were in place for the westbound side of Seminary Road.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles
Image via Google Maps

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A Fairfax County man was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly crashing into a police cruiser in the area of S. Washington Street and Green Street in Old Town (via Google Maps)

A Fairfax County man goes to court this week for allegedly crashing his car into an Alexandria Police cruiser while driving drunk.

The incident occurred at around midnight on Sunday, Feb. 26, near the intersection of S. Washington Street and Green Street. There were two officers in the cruiser at the time of the crash. While the airbags were deployed, no one was injured in the crash, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The suspect, a 33-year-old Fairfax County resident, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. He was released that same day on a $5,000 unsecured bond and goes to court for the offenses tomorrow (Wednesday).

There have been 24 people charged with driving while intoxicated this year in Alexandria, compared to 47 during this same time period last year, 24 in the same time period in 2021, 47 in 2020 and 36 in 2019, according to Alexandria’s crime database.

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No arrests were made after a stolen car crashed into another car and the front yard of a home in Alexandria’s Potomac West neighborhood early Monday morning, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Police were dispatched at around 1 a.m. to the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue after a silver Toyota Corolla with Maryland license plates allegedly fled police at high speed and crashed into a parked car and into the front yard of a home, damaging the railing to the front steps. Police determined that the car was reported stolen in Alexandria.

Multiple occupants in the vehicle fled on foot, according to police. Airbags were deployed, and ambulances were not dispatched and there were no reported injuries.

No information was released regarding any other suspects. Police said that the case “may involve” juvenile suspects, but did not provide further details.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Callahan Drive (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department has responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Callahan Drive between King and Duke Streets, resulting in the temporary closure of the road.

The driver of the motorcycle appears to have sustained serious injuries and has been transported to the hospital. APD is currently investigating the incident.

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A Lorton man was arrested on DWI charges after allegedly crashing into four cars at the intersection of S. Patrick Street and Gibbon Streets on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 23-year-old Lorton man was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly crashing into four cars in Old Town.

The crash occurred near the intersection of S. Patrick Street and Gibbon Street at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Three people suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital, and the driver was released later that day.

The driver failed a field sobriety test, refused medical attention and admitted to police that he drank four Modello beers before the crash, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

“I shouldn’t have driven tonight,” the suspect allegedly told police, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The suspect was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and goes to court on Feb. 2.

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A pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Pendleton Street and N. Pitt Street on Sunday, Dec. 18. (via Google Maps)

A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Old Town North early last Sunday night (Dec. 18).

The 56-year-old female victim was transported to the hospital after getting hit at around 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of Pendleton Street and N. Pitt Street.

The driver stayed at the scene and was charged with failure to pay full time attention.

The incident occurred less than a mile from where a pedestrian was struck in the 100 block of N. Henry Street on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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A pedestrian was injured after getting hit by a vehicle in the 100 block of N. Henry Street in Old Town, Dec. 14, 2022. (Via Google Maps)

A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of N. Henry Street in Old Town Wednesday night.

The incident was reported shortly before 10 p.m. and the driver stayed at the scene. No arrests were made.

Police tweeted that the pedestrian was transported to the hospital out of a precaution.

The incident occurred near N. Henry Street (Route 1) and King Street — a heavy traffic one-way street going southbound through Old Town.

Alexandria’s Old Town Historic District is also the most dangerous area for pedestrians in Virginia, according to a September report. Between 2015 and this year, there were more than 60 crashes and 75 injuries throughout Old Town.

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A man was arrested after allegedly crashing into several cars and running from police in the 500 block of N. Quaker Lane on Nov. 24, 2022 (via Google Maps)

Alexandria police arrested a man after he allegedly crashed his car into multiple vehicles and and got into a foot chase with police.

The incident occurred on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) at around 2:30 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Quaker Lane, according to a search warrant affidavit recently released at the city’s courthouse..

Police were called multiple times about a gray sedan swerving in and out of lanes with “significant front-end damage,” police reported in the search warrant affidavit. “Other callers described the vehicle as ‘missing a wheel and driving on its rims.'”

Police tried to pull the sedan over, but the suspect allegedly got out of the car and fled on foot. He was arrested a short time later in the 600 block of President Ford Lane.

The suspect was transported to the hospital after his arrest. He was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving without a license. He was released that same day on a $1,000 unsecured bond and goes to court on Jan. 27.

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