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Police pursuit leads to felony charges

A Beaverdam man is facing several felony charges after a routine traffic stop turned into a two-county police pursuit.

Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said a deputy was conducting a traffic stop on Monday when the male driver of the stopped car took off on foot into a wooded area in Carmel Church.

The man then exited the woods and hitched a ride with an unsuspecting motorist, Lippa said.

The deputy spotted the man as a passenger in a different vehicle and conducted another traffic stop. The man fled by foot again and was chased by the deputy to a truck stop garage and parking lot, where the man entered another car, Lippa said.

Lippa said a brief struggle ensued between the suspect and the deputy before the man was able to flee in that car.

End of chase in Partlow (credit: Zach Pearce)

Caroline deputies and Virginia State Police chased the car from Carmel Church in Caroline to Partlow in Spotsylvania County for about 10 miles before the suspect’s car crashed, Lippa said.

Lippa said the suspect’s speed reached more than 100 miles per hour during the chase and intentionally rammed police vehicles several times.

After the crash, the man attempted to flee, but was quickly caught by Caroline deputies.

Dempsey Coles

Dempsey A. Coles, 39, is charged in Caroline with two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, one felony count of obstruction of justice, two felony counts of hit and run, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, three felony counts of destruction of property and 12 other misdemeanor charges.

Lippa said more charges are pending in Caroline.

State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said they have filed three felony charges against Coles, which are for attempted capital murder, hit and run and destruction of Property.

Lippa said Coles was also wanted on two outstanding warrants in Stafford County.

“I would like to thank the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in helping bring this pursuit to a positive end before any innocent people got hurt,” Lippa said.Coles is being held without bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover.

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