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BG man’s freedom doesn’t last long
BY KEITH EPPS
James Michael Holsten had barely gotten off Rappahannock Regional Jail property Friday when he was arrested and jailed again, police said.
Holsten, 27, of Bowling Green is accused of damaging police cruisers belonging to the jail in a fit of rage over property he claimed was missing when he was released Friday, Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
Kennedy said he expressed his displeasure by jumping up and down on the hoods of three police cruisers belonging to the jail.
The damage was so extensive that all three hoods will have to be replaced, Kennedy said.
Holsten was charged with tampering with a vehicle, felony destruction of property and misdemeanor destruction of property. He was jailed this time under no bond.
The misdemeanor destruction charge stemmed from a street sign Holsten is accused of damaging during his rampage.
Holsten was initially arrested at 1:30 a.m. Friday in Central Park in Fredericksburg.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said an officer saw him in the parking lot behind Bailey’s Pub and Grille struggling to get into a car.
Holsten was charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana and taken to jail.
He was released later that morning, but got upset with jail officials because a knife he owned was missing. A jail official said a weapon would not have been allowed into the jail in the first place.
Holsten was walking south on U.S. 1 just beyond the jail entrance when Deputy Michael Shepherd responded to the vandalism call.
Kennedy said he stopped Holsten, who yelled obscenities at the deputy and told him he’d hit a street sign because he was mad about his missing property.
The deputy informed him that witnesses also saw him jumping on the vehicles, and returned him to the jail.