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September 14, 1997, Sunday

Police arrest city resident
on charges of hit-and-run

 A Charlottesville man was charged Friday with hit-and-run after he allegedly collided with two other cars on Barracks Road near Old Salem Town-house Apartments and drove away from the scene. 

Police said they found Rory John Miller, 21, hiding in bushes at the Colonades Health Care Center, where had stopped his 1972 Ford LTD in the parking lot. 

According to the police report, Miller was heading east on Barracks Road just after 10p.m. when his car crossed the center line and collided with a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by William D. Garcia. 

Miller's car glanced off the Blazer, then struck a 1990 Volvo driven by 20-year-old Jamie Stuart McCauley of Charlottesville. 

McCauley was treated and released from University of Virginia Hospital on Friday. 

Miller was charged with felony hit-and-run (causing injury), misdemeanor hit-and run (causing property damage),driving under the influence and some having no operator's license.
He is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on $4,000 bond. 

Charlottesville resident John Fulmer, 23, was also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection with the accident.

Police said Fulmer, a passenger in Miller's car, attempted to hide a piece of McCauley's Volvo that had become wedged in Miller's car. Police also charged 18-year old Leah Hale, another passenger in Miller's car, with being drunk in public.

he article at right appeared today in the local newspaper, the Daily Progress. I hadn't known that Rory had actually hit two cars. Another thing I hadn't known was that the police had to use a K-9 unit (dogs) to find Rory hiding in the bushes. Leah says that the police completely made up the part about John Fulmer (aka Ocean) hiding a piece of the Volvo.

This whole thing is turning very bad. That the police are milking two different felony suspects out of it is profoundly unsettling. Didn't I say just a few days ago that the American justice system is an "unfriendly jungle"? Leah says that this experience has renewed all her anti-cop feelings. She says she saw a cop today and felt the urge to tell him off.

But, you know, she (and our household) came off easy. Her fine for public intoxication will be about $40. Just think if I had gone on that ill-fated ride. I'm sure I'd be looking at a felony charge too. I'd have to kiss my sweet bank account good bye.

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