You pump gas into your tank, drive off and not too many miles later, your car starts behaving out of the ordinary.
Eventually, the car stops. If you’re lucky, you were able to ease onto the side of the road somewhere safe. At first you have no idea what happened -- but when your car is towed to the nearest mechanic, that’s when you learn the gas you pumped was bad.
Maybe there was water in it -- or diesel. The latter is what happened to Shequita Sledge on the night before last Thanksgiving in Caroline County.
“I just purchased my car,” said Sledge, recalling the night she barely made it off Interstate 95. “And I’m like, ‘Alright, did the car dealer sell me a lemon? Why is my car breaking down on me?’”
If you feel like you’ve been hearing more of these stories in central Virginia, on the 8News airwaves or from your family and friends, it’s possible that it’s happening more. The state confirmed that the problem is being reported far more than ever before -- and that it's is more common in central Virginia than in the rest of the state.