Virginia state trooper hurt during traffic stop in Norfolk

NORFOLK — A Virginia state trooper was hurt when his vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver during a traffic stop.

State police said Trooper K.S. Kerr was hit after he pulled over a 2006 Land Rover for speeding on Interstate 264 in Norfolk late Wednesday.

Police said that after speaking to the driver, the trooper was inside his vehicle with his emergency lights activated when a 2009 Cadillac ran off the roadway and struck the trooper’s vehicle and the Land Rover.

State Police identified the driver of the Cadillac as 41-year-old Terrie Lynn Wilkins of Norfolk.

Wilkins was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

Kerr and Wilkins were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The driver of the 2006 Land Rover, Robin Harris-Arrington, was not injured, police said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.