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Pursuit Suspect Arrested
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
February 24, 2023

A Stafford woman with a predilection for eluding law enforcement was arrested after initiating two pursuits in Stafford County earlier this month.

On February 10th at 12:07 p.m. Deputy B.W. Gildea attempted to stop a revoked driver on Warrenton Road near South Gateway Drive. Instead of stopping, the female driver sped away initiating a pursuit onto southbound I-95 at approximately 114 mph. The pursuit was terminated as it entered Fredericksburg.

On February 11th at 1:04 p.m., Deputy Gildea observed the same suspect, operating the same vehicle, exit the Red Roof Inn onto Warrenton Road. He caught up with the suspect vehicle at the I-95 ramps and again attempted a traffic stop. The suspect accelerated to over 120 mph on I-95 South and again the pursuit was terminated as it entered Fredericksburg.

The driver was identified as Chelsea Geraghty, 29, and warrants were obtained for two counts of felony eluding and two counts of driving after forfeiture of license. Deputies continued their efforts to locate her over the last week, but were unsuccessful.

On February 23rd deputies obtained a lead that Geraghty could be in a hotel in Spotsylvania County. Deputy M.A. Pearce coordinated with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Geraghty was arrested last night at the Country Inn and Suites without incident. She was ordered held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail by the magistrate.

During a court hearing today, Geraghty was released by the judge on a personal recognizance bond.

Thank you to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office - Roger L. Harris Sheriff for their assistance with this case.

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