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Head-on collision injures 5

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Charges are pending against a man who, police say, assaulted a woman and then took a large number of pills before hitting a mini-van on U.S. 52 on Sunday.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old man who had reportedly taken a large amount of pills Sunday evening allegedly caused a vehicle accident on U.S. 52 that injured five.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office received a report from a Hillsville woman who said she had been choked and pushed by Tim Dunford at about 7 p.m., according to information from authorities.
The caller also reported that Dunford had taken a large amount of Klonopin pills and left the scene in a green truck, according to information from the sheriff's office.
Klonopin (clonazepam) is used to control seizures and for the treatment of panic disorders.
Heading north on U.S. 52, the subject's vehicle hit another head-on near the intersection of Pleasantview Road.
Laurel Rescue Squad responded to treat the three adults and two children who were reported injured as a result.
Called in as a domestic incident, Carroll Deputy Jay Williams found the 1997 GMC Sonoma wrecked about a half mile south of Pleasantview at 7:29 p.m., said Trooper Bryan Phipps of the Virginia State Police.
"[Dunford] was, for lack of a better term, not coherent at the scene," Phipps said.
The trooper ordered a blood test. Phipps planned to obtain warrants against Dunford for driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
April Goff of Danville was driving a 2004 Sienna minivan southbound on U.S. 52, according to Phipps. Her passenger side wheels went off onto the shoulder as she tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle.
Goff told Phipps that she saw the Sonoma coming around a curve while passing another car.
Dunford's speed was estimated at about 30 mph and Goff said her own was about 25.
Phipps said both vehicles in the head-on collision were probably totaled.
Vehicle occupants complained of whiplash and soreness. Phipps said five people, including Dunford, were taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.