Driving high, hitting head-on


Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department
Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department

A head-on collision Saturday afternoon (Jan. 9) on Rt. 231 involving a drugged driver seriously injured a Sperryville woman, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Les Tyler. On Saturday afternoon, the 28-year-old driver of a 1999 Chevy pick-up, Bryan Daniel Graves of Rixeyville, crossed the centerline of northbound Rt. 231 south of Rt. 621, striking a 2009 Subaru driven by 53-year-old Sperryville resident Virginie Audrain head-on.

Graves and his 22-year-old passenger, Sierra L Curtier of Sperryville, were driven to Culpeper Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Audrain, who was pinned inside the vehicle and needed to be cut out by EMS responders, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Graves was charged with a DUI for drugs and arraigned in Rappahannock County District Court on Tuesday. His case was continued until March.

Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department
Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department

A search of Culpeper court records shows Graves has had several previous traffic, drug and alcohol-related arrests.

“All the first responders worked extremely well as a team to quickly extricate and stabilize the patients for transport to area hospitals, as a MedEvac helicopter was unavailable due to weather,” said county emergency services coordinator Richie Burke, noting that county responders arrived from the Sperryville and Washington volunteer companies. Audrain had to be driven to Culpeper, where she was flown to Fairfax.

Rt. 231 was shut down for about two hours following the accident.

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  1. The use of roadside oral fluid drug testing kits has achieved extraordinary results in Australia, England & Wales, and it is not uncommon for hundreds of drugged-drivers to be removed from the roads & highways in a single weekend operation. The virtue of the test kits is that officers can test the suspected drug-impaired driver prior to the occurance of a collision causing personal injury, property damage and/or fatality. The program has been so successful that it is being expanded nationwide to Ireland, and the Michigan State Senate passed a bill this week to allow officers to use the test kits under per se and implied consent standards. Roadside drug testing kits are getting ‘positive’ results!

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