VSP trooper injured in hit-and-run is out of hospital; suspect apprehended

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia State Police trooper was hospitalized following a hit-and-run that occurred at an intersection in Buckingham County Friday night.

The incident happened around 8:40 p.m. Friday when Virginia State Police Trooper D. L. Vaughn pulled up to a stoplight at the intersection of Routes 15 and 20 in Buckingham County. While at the light, the trooper noticed a person breaking a traffic law and so he activated his lights and pulled into the intersection to turn left to go southbound on Route 15 to initiate a stop.

When the trooper pulled into the roadway, a 2004 Ford Explorer traveling north on Route 15 was unable to stop in time and hit the patrol car in the side. The driver of the Explorer then fled the scene on foot.

A state police K9 officer was able to track the driver into a wooded area not far from the crash scene. Police said that Antonio D. Smith, 28, of Charlotte, Virginia was taken into custody.

After more investigating, police determined Smith was wanted by another police agency. As a result, he was arrested on that warrant and charged by state police with driving on a suspended license and he was transported to Piedmont Regional Jail.

Trooper Vaughn was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville where he was treated and released early Saturday.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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