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Former Army Sgt. Maj. hits man with car

Matt Zapotosky

A man who once served as the highest ranking enlisted soldier in the Army was arrested last week after he was accused of ramming his vehicle into a commuter he had picked up from a slug line.

Gene C. McKinney, 59, of Manassas, was charged with attempted malicious wounding in the incident, which occurred just before 9 a.m. on Oct. 25, authorities said. Detective Crystal Nosal, an Arlington County police spokeswoman, said McKinney had picked up two slugs to ride in the HOV lanes on Interstate 95.

But McKinney dropped both of them off in the 1100 block of South Eads Street in Arlington, after they asked to be let out because he was driving erratically and speeding, Nosal said. When one of the passengers tried to take a picture of his vehicle and tag number to file a complaint, McKinney "accelerated the vehicle and struck the subject," Nosal said.

Nosal said one of the passengers, who she declined to identify, called police, and McKinney remained on scene until they arrived. She said the victim was not hospitalized.

McKinney was arrested on a no bond status, but court records indicate he has been freed on bail. He and his attorney did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

McKinney was once the highest ranking enlisted soldier in the Army, though he was stripped of that rank in 1998 after his conviction for attempting to obstruct an investigation into charges of sexual misconduct. McKinney was cleared of the sexual misconduct charges.

--Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 1, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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