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Police: Drunk driver speeds for 5 miles on W&OD Trail, hits bicyclist

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A McLean woman has been charged with DUI and felony hit and run after driving her car at a high speed for about five miles on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail and hitting a bicyclist Saturday night. The bicyclist, a 65-year-old Vienna man, was seriously injured, Fairfax County Police say.

Vienna Police received numerous calls about 8:30 p.m. from people on the trail who were almost hit and jumped out of the way of the a 2005 Toyota, driven by Mehak Chopra, 28. The trail is designed for walking, running, bicycling and skating.

Police believe Chopra drove onto the trail in the Reston area and traveled about five miles before exiting into Vienna toward Tysons Corner. A Vienna officer who had heard the lookout for the driver, pulled her over in the 300 block of Maple Avenue, police say.

The driver hit the cyclist from behind, reportedly without slowing, knocking him from his bike and onto the shoulder of the trail.

Chopra was taken to the Vienna Police station, where she was charged with driving while intoxicated. She was then taken to the Adult Detention Center and Fairfax County Police charged her with felony hit and run.

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