Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Teenager arrested for eluding police
Around 12:25 am this morning in the 3000 block of Fall Hill Ave, an officer patrolling in the area observed a Dodge Charger traveling toward him on Fall Hill Ave at 20 mph over the posted speed limit and swerving in the roadway. The officer turned around and activated his safety equipment, but the driver refused to stop and ran through the red light at the intersection of Fall Hill Ave and U.S. Route 1. The vehicle continued on Fall Hill Ave, going the wrong way on the one-way section of Fall Hill Ave in the 2300 block, then turned on Canal St and again turned onto Princess Anne St. The vehicle slowed significantly because the right rear tire had blown out, but the driver still refused to stop and continued to run through several red traffic lights.
Officers followed the vehicle through downtown and south on Lafayette Blvd, until the vehicle finally stopped at the entrance to Wellington Woods Apartments located at Lafayette Blvd and Twin Lakes Dr. The driver bailed out on foot and ran into the woodline, leaving two female passengers inside the vehicle. The passengers cooperated fully with the police and were not charged in this incident. The driver was identified as David Latson, 19, who lives in the apartment complex with his family. Shortly afterwards, Latson was discovered inside his apartment. Latson had changed clothes, but the clothing he wore while driving the Charger were also found inside the residence. Latson was arrested without further incident and charged with driving without a license, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic signal, misdemeanor eluding (for running on foot from the vehicle) and felony eluding (for failing to stop the vehicle). Latson was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.