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Ashburn man arrested in connection with hit and run that caused signal outage

An Ashburn man was arrested over the weekend in connection with a hit and run that caused a traffic signal outage in Sterling.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a signal outage around 11 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Route 28 and Sterling Boulevard. The traffic signal was out because a car hit a utility pole, LCSO officials said.

Though the driver fled the scene, investigators were still able to identify him and acquire warrants for his arrest, according to LCSO.

While deputies were on scene of the crash, other units were sent to the 22000 block of Welborne Manor Square in Ashburn in reference to a disorderly man. Deputies made contact with the suspect, identified as Keith A. Richardson, Sr., 47.

Richardson was taken into custody on the outstanding hit and run and reckless driving warrants in connection to the earlier Sterling crash. During the arrest, Richardson, along with three other people, did not comply with law enforcement direction and interfered with the arrest.

Keith A. Richardson, Jr., 20, of Ashburn; William C. Richardson, 54, of Aldie; and Crystal M. Murphy, 45, of Ashburn, were arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, LCSO officials said. They were all released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on unsecured bonds.

In addition to the hit and run and reckless riving charges, Richardson Sr. was also charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer.

He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.


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