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Court Papers: Woman thought she hit a cone, Not a person in I-64 incident

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A construction worker is hit by a car while on the job, and tonight there are new revelations from the woman facing charges. Police say Meta D. Hall, 48, is accused of DUI and hit-and-run, for an incident that unfolded early Wednesday morning on Interstate 64 westbound, near Glenside Drive.

We looked at the paper police filed to get a blood sample. It contained startling admissions from the woman who stands accused of driving into a work zone, and hitting a construction worker with her car.

Police got the call around 1:00 a.m. for a construction worker hit by car on I-64. A female, they say, drove into the work zone and never stopped until she was pulled over, eight miles away, in Short Pump.

Officers then had a few questions for 48-year-old Meta Hall. According to the affidavit for a search warrant, when asked if she knew why she was pulled over, Hall responded, "Because I have been drinking."

How much did she have to drink? "Too much," Hall told the officer.

Did she notice striking anything on the interstate? Hall said she "Thought it was a cone."

And when asked by the officer why she didn't stop, she said "She knew she was intoxicated," all according to the court papers.

"It's very disrespectful for people to disregard our safety and stuff like that. It's not a good thing," said Chris Selph, the project manager, who knows the dangers of working on the Interstate.

"They think about it every day. And that's one of the biggest things that we try to train and get people used to, working around traffic. And the people who are not impaired and are paying attention to what's going on, are trouble enough."

According to VDOT, more than 2,000 crashes took place in state work zones in 2008...an average of more than five a day. Seven people died, more than 1,000 were injured. VDOT urges drivers to be cautious, especially on Interstate 64 in Henrico and Richmond, where night time work zones will be in place until at least the end of the year.

"The biggest thing that people can do is pay attention, slow down when they come through," Selph said.

Hall faces the DUI charge in Henrico. State Police tacked on the hit-and-run charge, which is a felony. She's now at the Henrico County Jail. The 27-year-old construction worker suffered a broken wrist and is recovering at home.

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