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“Stolen” DUI Crash
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
October 31, 2023

A 24-year-old Stafford man was held without bond after his vehicle had a bit too much ram and not enough dodge.

On October 29th at approximately 9:15 p.m. Sergeant E.E. West, and Deputy K.L. Steffenhagen responded to Tall Oaks Court for an auto accident. It was advised a vehicle struck a parked vehicle and the male driver was fleeing the scene. When deputies arrived, they located a Dodge Ram in the victim’s front yard.

As the crash investigation was under way, deputies responded to the vehicle’s owner’s home which was only a short distance away. The registered owner was intoxicated and after being informed his vehicle was involved in a hit and run, he wanted to report it stolen. Unknowingly to the registered owner, Deputy S.T. Myers was on scene of the crash with his K-9 partner, Gunner. Gunner was able to track from the scene of the crash to the registered owner without incident. At that point the registered owner was detained, and the vehicle’s keys were found in his pocket.

The registered owner was determined to be the driver and attempted to falsely report it stolen. He was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content between .15 and .2, obstruction of justice, reckless driving, the traffic lane violation, driving without insurance, hit and run, and providing false statements to law enforcement. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

Great work to not only our deputies for their investigating, but to K-9 Gunner for conducting a flawless track.

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