Va. driver charged with assaulting a good snowstorm Samaritan

By Tom Jackman
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A 44-year-old Loudoun County man was trying to do his good deed of the day and help push a disabled car through a snowy street Monday afternoon. But he apparently wasn't doing it fast enough for at least one other driver, the county sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's officials said several vehicles were waiting for the disabled car to be cleared about 4:40 p.m. from the 18900 block of Longhouse Place, off Potomac Station Drive near River Creek Parkway.

A Pontiac Grand Am gunned its way around the pack and began driving toward the good Samaritan, sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said. The Samaritan waved his arms to try to stop the Grand Am but was forced to leap on the disabled car's hood, Troxell said, and the Grand Am swiped his legs as it went past.

The Samaritan exchanged words with the Grand Am's driver, who then took off, Troxell said. Deputies later arrested Craig A. Vandusseldorp, 54, of Leesburg and charged him with felony assault and reckless driving.

Troxell said the Samaritan was not seriously hurt.

Vandusseldorp said he was just trying to leave his subdivision to go the gym with his wife. "I was just swinging around some folks because I thought they were just there visiting," he said Tuesday. "I did not know what they were doing. This guy was waving at me. He started walking toward me. For whatever reason, they didn't want me to leave."

Vandusseldorp said he wasn't trying to hit anyone. "I never did see a car that was stuck," he said.

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