Area Roundups

Area Roundups

Fatal Crash on Franconia-Springfield Parkway

Police responded to the report of a crash on Wednesday, Dec. 4 shortly after 11 p.m. Brian Benjamin Blaine, 30, of Manassas, was driving his 2001 Honda S2000 convertible southbound on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway, approaching Spring Village Drive. Witnesses reported that the Honda seemed to be racing a dark colored, newer model Infiniti. Both vehicles apparently passed each other several times. Blaine lost control of the Honda as it exited the curve just prior to Spring Village Drive. The vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right, struck an embankment and a tree which redirected the car back onto the Parkway. The Honda then rolled over and came to rest, upright, in the southbound lanes of the Parkway. The Honda and the Infiniti did not appear to make contact at any time.

Blaine was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Speed was a factor in this crash.

Anyone with information about the crash or about the Infiniti is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Three Charged with DWI

In search of drunk drivers, Fairfax County police conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night, Dec. 7, at Ox and Braddock roads. Some 515 vehicles passed through and police charged three drivers with DWI. They also issued three summonses and made one criminal arrest.

Don’t Drink and Drive

As the holidays approach, Fairfax County police reminds everyone not to drink and drive. SoberRide is offering a free cab ride home every night from Friday, Dec. 13 until Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

So anyone heading out to enjoy a holiday gathering is urged to designate a driver or call SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to get home safely. (AT&T customers dial #9727). For more information, go to