Wrong-way birthday: Hogberg arrested by officer who Tased him
Michael Dennis Hogberg of Crozet could lose some of the public sympathy he may have gained last fall for getting felled while handcuffed by a Taser-happy cop. Now, he's been charged with attempted capital murder of an officer after another allegedly alcohol-fueled situation–- only this time allegedly involving driving the wrong way on Interstate 64.
According to an Albemarle Police release, around 2:40am on June 20, authorities received multiple calls about a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Interstate between the Afton and Crozet exits in the Western part of the county.
The attempted murder charge appears to stem from an alleged near miss of a State Police Trooper's vehicle. According to the release, officers proceeded to deploy tire-destroying "stingers" to disable Hogberg's vehicle before he attempted to drive a blue Mercury Sable the wrong way on an entrance ramp toward U.S. 29 South.
Hogberg allegedly turned off his lights, stopped the car, and fled into a nearby forest; but was caught by a police canine named Bink. It happened on his 26th birthday.
"His eyes were glassy and bloodshot and [he] had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his person," wrote the arresting officer, noting that Hogberg registered a .15 blood alcohol level, nearly double the legal limit.
In addition to the reckless driving, attempted capital murder, and resisting arrest warrants issued by the State Police, Albemarle has charged Hogberg with failure to install an alcohol ignition interlock as well as three felonies: driving with a revoked license, eluding police, and third offense driving under the influence.
The Tasing occurred last November as a handcuffed Hogberg tried to run from a public drunkenness arrest at Scott Stadium. Caught on video by the Newsplex, the incident occurred during the annual football game between the University of Virginia and Hogberg's alma mater, Virginia Tech.
"All of this news comes as a shock because it seems so out of character," says Hogberg's friend and freshman roommate, Ryan Yemen, who notes that Hogberg was a good student who graduated with a degree in environmental sciences.
Surprisingly, the arresting officer for the most recent Albemarle charges is Eric Kudro, the same officer who Tased Hogberg last fall. While never publicly rebuked by superiors, Kudro's action–- which dropped Hogberg helplessly to the pavement–- resulted in a redraft of the Albemarle Police policy manual to forbid most instances of Tasing handcuffed prisoners.
Imprisoned without bail, Hogberg gets a hearing on July 22.
–story updated 5:31pm with additional details
–story updated 2:32pm Tuesday with still more details
–original headline: "Tasered guy in huge trouble now"