The man police say was drunk when he hit a pedestrian early Saturday morning near the Clarendon Metro has a long history of speeding and unsafe driving in the Washington area, according to court records.
The victim remains in a coma, according to Arlington Police. He was struck at Clarendon Boulevard and North Highland Street, police said, and suffered a fractured skull and several broken bones.
The victim, a 27-year-old who lives in Richmond, has had several surgeries since he was hit just after midnight Saturday, according to police and a family friend.
The family friend said the victim lives in Richmond, and grew up in Henry County.
Arlington police said exactly where the victim was walking when he was hit is still under investigation.
“If he was not in the crosswalk, he was very close to it,” said Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
Police arrested Tyler Bruce Wills, 22, and charged him with driving while intoxicated and maiming. He is being held in jail pending a hearing Tuesday morning. A lawyer who represents Wills could not be located Monday.
Less than three weeks ago, Wills, who lives in Bowie, was found guilty in Prince George’s County of negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding, unsafe lane change and other charges, online court records show. Several days before that, he was cited for speeding in Alexandria.
In April, he was found guilty of speeding in Maryland. In May, he paid a fine for an unsafe lane change in Arlington, and that same month was found guilty of speeding in Fairfax County.
In June, he was found guilty of speeding in Arlington, records show.
He has another pending speeding case in Anne Arundel County.
This item has been updated.