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Intoxicated Individual Impersonates Law Enforcement
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
November 1, 2022

An Alexandria man attempted to tell deputies he was a police officer during a DUI stop. As a spoiler alert, his plan did not work.

On October 30th, at approximately 2:25 a.m. Deputy J.D. Hurt was traveling eastbound on Garrisonville Road near Doc Stone Road. Deputy Hurt observed a vehicle traveling in front of him failing to maintain the lane of travel and following extremely close to the vehicle in front of it. Deputy Hurt initiated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle would eventually stop near the I-95 South entrance ramp. Deputy Hurt made contact with the driver, Valentino Bathen, 31. Bathen had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. During their conversation, Deputy Hurt learned there was a handgun concealed in the car and Bathen did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Bathen advised he was a cop in DC. Bathen was arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. During that time, Bathen admitted he was not actually law enforcement, but he worked security.

Bathen was charged with driving under the influence, traffic lane violations, following too closely, expired registration, carrying a concealed weapon, and impersonating law enforcement. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober. Great job Deputy Hurt for locating yet another drunk driver and taking them off the road.

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