Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
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400 block Beverly Ln, 12/20 9:30 pm. An officer patrolling on U.S. Route 1 attempted to stop a white Infinity for speeding. The driver of the Infinity turned onto Beverly Drive, then onto Beverly Lane before coming to a stop. As the officer was exiting his patrol vehicle to approach the Infinity, the driver put the car in reverse and rammed into the front of the cruiser. The offending driver left his vehicle running and fled from the scene on foot. The officer was not injured. He called for back-up, including a police K-9 from Spotsylvania County, and secured the Infinity’s passenger who had remained inside the car. Officers and the K-9 searched the area extensively but were unable to locate the driver. A quantity of marijuana was found in the passenger’s possession and inside the vehicle; the passenger, Guillermo Medrano, 30, of Spotsylvania was arrested for possession of marijuana and he was incarcerated under a $2500 bond. Based on the passenger’s statements, the driver was identified as Jose Cervantes-Munoz, 20, of Spotsylvania. Warrants were obtained on Cervantes-Munoz charging him with attempted malicious wounding, eluding, obstruction of justice, and destruction of property. Cervantes-Munoz was later located at his home in Spotsylvania County and he was taken into custody by Spotsylvania deputies without incident and turned over to City police. Cervantes-Munoz was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
It was determined this morning that the driver of the Infinity was not Jose Cervantes-Munoz, but was his brother Salvador Cervantes-Munoz, 19, of Spotsylvania. The charges against Jose Cervantes-Munoz have been withdrawn and he has been released from jail. Salvador Cervantes-Munoz has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, destruction of property, and obstruction of justice; he had not been arrested by the time of this report.