Drunk Driver Arrested after Crash
By Major Shaawn Kimmitz
September 1, 2022

A repeat DUI offender was arrested last night in North Stafford after causing a multi-vehicle crash.

On August 31st at 8:55 p.m. Deputy E.R. Houde was in his marked patrol vehicle stopped at a red traffic signal on southbound U.S. 1 at Aquia Park Shopping Center with a red Hyundai Elantra stopped behind him. Suddenly, a southbound Acura MDX smashed into the rear of the Hyundai, pushing it into the rear of the patrol car. Although there was significant damage to the vehicles, no one was injured in the crash.

Deputy S. Waheed responded to the scene and identified the Acura driver as Bernard Griffin, 31, of Stafford. Griffin had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. Field sobriety tests were offered and Griffin was arrested.

Griffin was charged with DUI second offense in five to ten years and following too closely. He was held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober since the magistrate gave him an unsecured bond.

Plan ahead and have a designated driver. Please report suspected drunk drivers at 540-658-4400 or 911.