Pursuit of a Wanted Suspect
By PIO Ryan Wilbur
May 25, 2023

If you are wanted, it’s not the best move to break traffic laws in front of a deputy. One wanted Stafford man learned the hard way as he was foiled by Deputy B.E. Vaughn.

On May 24th at approximately 5:13 p.m. Deputy Vaughn was traveling on Staffordboro Boulevard during the rush hour. He observed a driver who was displeased with traffic. In his hurried state, the driver began passing vehicles and drove straight through a turn lane. After witnessing the obvious traffic lane violation, Deputy Vaughn turned on his emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle stopped on Dover Place for mere moments. As soon as Deputy Vaughn stepped out of his vehicle, the suspect vehicle took off, initiating a pursuit. It wouldn’t take longer for Deputy Vaughn to catch up to the vehicle, considering it crashed into a parked vehicle only 1/10 of a mile away on Westminster Lane.

A bystander advised the suspect driver ran into a nearby residence. While it appeared the suspect wanted to play hide and seek at first, he quickly changed his mind after deputies gave commands to exit the house. The safe at home base philosophy works in baseball, not with deputies. The suspect compiled with commands and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect advised he fled because he was wanted out of King George County for a malicious wounding charge.

The suspect, Jayshon Bates, 21, was served on his outstanding warrant, as well as, earned some Stafford charges due to his short-lived adventure. Bates was additionally charged with eluding police, hit and run, as well as, the traffic lane violation. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

Great work to Deputy Vaughn for locating yet another wanted suspect.