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Man charged with double hit-and-run

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A wild ride through the West End lands a man in jail. Police say Joel Price, rear ended two cars Tuesday afternoon. Both times, Price managed to get away, but police caught up with him.

Henrico police say they quickly were able to tell Price was driving under the influence and charged the 42-year-old Henrico man with two counts of hit and run.

The first of two accidents happened on Patterson and Forest Avenue. Henrico police say Price rear ended a car then took off going north onto Forest Avenue.

That was at about 2:45 p.m. Just about five minutes later, police got a call of another hit and run nearby. The description of the car was similar.

Price ended up getting caught not too far away at the Shell Gas Station near the corner of Quioccasin and Parham Roads.

"Lot of cops came and they just enter my parking lot and I was scared," said gas station owner, Sami Habib.

For Habib, it's business as usual now, but for MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the battle against drivers like Price continues.

"A drunk driver isn't in control of anything when they're driving drunk and end up hitting people, they end up smashing into cars, mailboxes, houses, you never know what's going to be in their way," said Chris Konschak of MADD.

They fear, with Fourth of July coming up the number of accident could rise.

"We always see a big increase in drunk driving on holiday weekends particularly the long holiday weekends," said Konschak.

You are always encouraged to call the cops if you see a drunk driver on the road. Make sure you get the location and the license plate number.

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