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Drunk Driver Pursued
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
March 24, 2023

A Stafford man’s drunk and reckless driving ended with a traffic stop in front of Rappahannock Regional Jail. Luckily, deputies didn’t have to transport him that far to his next destination.

On March 23rd at approximately 12:40 p.m. Deputy R.T. Kulbeth was traveling on Eskimo Hill Road when he observed a vehicle fail to maintain the lane of travel. Deputy Kulbeth initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. Due to where the driver stopped, Deputy Kulbeth requested the driver relocate a little further down the road for both their safety.

A little further does not mean 2 miles away. The driver took off at a high rate a speed, resulting in a pursuit. During the driver’s attempt to “relocate” he ran two stop signs and continued onto Northbound Richmond Highway. The driver began weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. As more deputies responded to the area, the driver headed right towards Rappahannock Regional Jail, almost like he knew where his journey would take him. The driver eventually stopped in front of the jail.

The driver, identified as James Williams Jr., 53, was detained. Deputy Kulbeth observed Williams to have glassy, bloodshot eyes, and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Located within the vehicle were two 16 oz alcoholic screw drivers, one of which, was half empty. There was also a loaded firearm located. Williams was charged with felony eluding, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content between .15% and .2%, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, drinking while driving, the traffic lane violation, as well as, two counts of failing to stop at a stop sign. Williams made the short trip to Rappahannock Regional Jail where he was held on a $2,500 secured bond.

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