LEESBURG, VA. – A Stephenson man managed to make an impression on a Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff and did so in the early morning hours of April 16, 2023, when he struck the officer’s cruiser who was on a traffic stop and then hightailed it in an effort to avoid arrest.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports that a K-9 deputy was struck by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop. On April 16, 2023, at approximately 1:30 am, the K-9 deputy was conducting a traffic stop for a vehicle speeding in the area of Route 7 (West) at the ramp of Battlefield in Leesburg.
At approximately 1:43 am, while writing a summons to the driver of the speeding vehicle, with his emergency equipment active, another vehicle crashed into the patrol vehicle with the deputy and canine inside, causing damage to the vehicle.
The unidentified deputy was able to follow the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop. The subject fled the scene at a reckless speed and eventually stopped. Police say that he was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested.
Neither the deputy, his canine partner, nor the driver was injured. The driver of the vehicle, Robert Charles Neumeister, 40, of Stephenson, was arrested and charged with Hit & Run, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, Eluding, and Narcotics Possession. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held on no bond.