Man sentenced for 2023 Lynchburg hit-and-run

Alante Callands (Blue Ridge Regional Jail) (WSLS)

A man was sentenced for a hit-and-run in Lynchburg in Feb. 2023, according to Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison.

Alante Callands, 33, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2024, to felony charges of DUI maiming and hit and run, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

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Callands was sentenced to 5 years with 3 suspended on the DUI maiming charge, 3 years with 2 years and 6 months suspended on the hit and run charge, and 6 months with 4 suspended on the misdemeanor charge. Three months of the hit-and-run sentence was ordered to run concurrently with the DUI maiming sentence.

Callands will be on supervised probation for 2 years following his release, and must maintain good behavior for 5 years.

On Feb. 19, 2023, Lynchburg Police were called to Fort Avenue for a vehicle accident. We’re told a witness at the scene gave police a description of the suspect, who was seen fleeing the scene of the car wreck.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the victim saw Callands driving erratically before striking her vehicle. She suffered an injury to her knee, that has affected her ability to walk, authorities said.

We’re told a few minutes later, Callands was found walking on Pennsylvania Avenue, where authorities said he smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet. Callands admitted he had been drinking and was in a car wreck, and his blood alcohol content resulted in a reading of 0.208% by weight by volume.

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