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Stafford Alert

Suspect Found Asleep at the Wheel Arrested for DUI
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By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
December 26, 2019

Stafford VA. A suspect was arrested on Sunday by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for driving under the influence after he was found slumped over the wheel on the wrong side of the road.

On December 22, 2019, at approximately 5:18 a.m., Deputy West responded to reports of a vehicle stopped on the wrong side of the road in the area of Northampton Boulevard and Mine Road. A witness also observed the driver slumped over the wheel.

Upon arrival, deputies located the vehicle and observed the driver still slumped over the wheel. They also observed that the vehicle was in drive and the driver’s foot was on the brake. Deputy West and Deputy Ahern attempted yelling and knocking on the windows to wake up the driver, but the driver did not respond.

The vehicle was locked and all the windows were rolled up, so deputies could not shift the vehicle into park. Deputies then observed the driver slightly shift position and his foot fell off the brake, causing the vehicle to begin rolling toward the red light.

Deputy Ahern then broke the passenger window, causing the driver to wake up. Deputies instructed him to put the vehicle in park. He stopped the vehicle and deputies were able to identify him as Favian Beard, 28, of Stafford.

Deputies detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver’s person. They also observed that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and he was unsteady on his feet. Beard told deputies he had been drinking. There was also an open container of alcohol on the passenger seat.

Field sobriety tests were conducted and a breath test was administered. Beard was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on an unsecured bond on charges of driving under the influence, open container, and a traffic violation.

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