Mehak Chopra (courtesy: Fairfax County Police)
RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman who is accused of being drunk when she hit a 65-year-old bicyclist on the W & O D trail will get out of jail on Tuesday.
A judge set bond for Mehak Chopra at $10,000 at a hearing on Tuesday.
A 65-year-old man who was riding his bicycle on a trail was struck by a 2005 Toyota on Saturday at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to police. The driver did not stop and continued on the trail into the town of Vienna towards Tysons Corner, police said.
Numerous other residents were also almost struck and had to jump out of the driver's way to avoid collision, police said. An officer heard the lookout for a reckless driver and pulled the car over on Maple Avenue, say police.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mehak Chopra of McLean was charged with driving while intoxicated and a felony hit and run, officials said.
Chopra appeared at the bond hearing. Two people who appeared to be family members also were in attendance.
Asking for bond for Chopra, her defense attorney described Chopra as a married woman, a technology company employee and a local temple member with no reason not to show up in court. The prosecutor opposed bond for Chopra, saying that she drove at high speed for a while before mowing down a man at 40 miles per hour. He described her actions as "no less dangerous than a gun."
The judge noted that Chopra had no prior serious incidents and set the bond at $10,000 with the requirement that Chopra's release be supervised and that she not drive.
Chopra is expected to be out of jail in a several hours.