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Fourth DUI Arrest
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
July 7, 2023

You can lie to deputies, but the evidence won’t. One 44-year-old Stafford resident was arrested yesterday after having less than ideal driving behaviors.

On July 6th at approximately 7:27 p.m. Deputy R.J. Kemp responded to the intersection of Mine Road and Garrisonville Road for a report of a drunk driver. The caller advised a vehicle was “all over the roadway”, ran a red light and nearly struck another vehicle. If that wasn’t bad enough, when Deputy Kemp arrived, he observed the suspect vehicle in both turns lanes before it stopped in the middle of the intersection during a red light. It proceeded to park in the Walmart parking lot. Still failing to understand the concept of staying inside the lines, he parked in two parking spaces.

Deputy Kemp made contact with the driver, who could hide his glassy, bloodshot eyes behind his sunglasses, but not the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Despite being the sole occupant within the vehicle, the driver, Michael Decatur, advised “I wasn’t driving”. Considering Deputy Kemp made eye contact with Decatur and his dashcam showed he was driving, Deputy Kemp knew this to be a lie. It was further discovered his license was revoked. Within the vehicle were three opened cans of beer, as well as, three unopened ones.

Decatur was charged with driving under the influence fourth offense in ten years, driving while revoked, drinking while driving, obstruction of justice, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock system, second offense refusal, and failure to maintain the lane of travel. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

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