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Wrong Way Driver Arrested for DUI
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
September 9, 2020

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sonya Baccus after observing her traveling the wrong direction on Warrenton Road yesterday.

On September 8th at approximately 3:33 a.m., Deputy D.A. Earp, Jr. was patrolling on Warrenton Road in the northbound lanes. Near the intersection with Poplar Road a gold Chevrolet sedan passed him driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the divided highway. Fortunately, the vehicles did not collide. Deputy Earp then utilized the next crossover to head southbound and try to locate the vehicle.

As Deputy Earp began heading south in the correct lanes, he witnessed the suspect vehicle turn from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes at the intersection with Poplar Road. The vehicle pulled straight across the roadway entering the ditch. Deputy Earp had his emergency lights activated, however the suspect continued to drive down the shoulder before pulling into the parking lot of Burton’s Automotive Services at 1443 Warrenton Road. The vehicle parked in a parking spot, but the driver left the vehicle in reverse and nearly backed into the marked patrol car that was stopped behind it.

Deputy Earp identified the driver as Sonya Baccus, 38, of Manassas. Baccus had glassy, bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage on her. The deputy also observed empty cans of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. Field sobriety tests were administered and Baccus was arrested for DUI.

Baccus was charged with DUI second offense in five years, failing to drive on the right side of the highway, no seat belt and open alcoholic container in a vehicle. She was held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $3,000 bond.


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