WASHINGTON — A Sterling man, who stripped off his clothes and ran into traffic on Route 28 Tuesday, faces felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene of a crash plus assault and battery charges for accosting a driver involved in the wreck.
That crash and the following search for Jose Gonzalez Flores, 32, caused widespread delays on Route 28 near Dulles International Airport before police found him in a drainage ditch near airport property Tuesday evening, Fairfax County police said.
Police said they don’t know whether Flores was suffering from some type of medical emergency or whether he was intoxicated. He was hospitalized for injuries he suffered but was expected to recover, police said.
Gonzalez Flores also faces a charges of possession of marijuana, destruction of property, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, police said.
Gonzalez Flores was involved in a crash with two vehicles in the southbound lanes about 3:30 p.m. Police said that Flores assaulted one of the drivers involved in the crash. He threw items onto the road and then took off his clothes and ran into traffic.
At some point, Gonzalez Flores jumped onto a passing truck and broke its window. The truck was able to safely stop. But Flores ran off again.
The highway was closed from Frying Pan Road to Old Ox Road during the investigation at the height of the afternoon rush hour.
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