Va. man faces DWI charge after being found in snow bank

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man faces his second DWI charge within the last 10 years after police found him in his vehicle in a snow bank.

Steven S. Griffen, of Alexandria, Va., also faces charges of eluding and hit and run.

Police say they were called to the area of Trinity Square at 4:56 a.m. on March 17 for a report of a vehicle striking a sign and a mailbox before leaving the scene. A deputy responding to the scene observed a vehicle partially in a snowbank.

The deputy exited his vehicle and then observed the vehicle's driver put the car into reserve before accelerating forward down Trinity Square, police say.

The deputy observed the driver to have some noticeable injuries, according to police. The driver was observed striking another sign near the intersection of Palisades Parkway and the Cascades Shopping Center Plaza. The vehicle was later located in the area of Cascades Shopping Plaza.

Griffen, 43, was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $3,500 bond.


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