Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Road rage leads to arrest of Spotsylvania man
HIT AND RUN/ASSAULT:
1500 block Jefferson Davis Hwy, 1/3 7:20 p.m. The driver of a GMC Yukon reported that a white Honda CRX struck his vehicle on the left side while the driver of the Honda was trying to maneuver past him at the traffic light at Route 1 south and Cowan Boulevard. Instead of stopping, the Honda continued across Route 1 into the parking lot of the Umi restaurant. The driver of the Yukon followed.
Both drivers got out of their vehicles and during the ensuing conversation, the driver of the Honda reached into his car and pulled out an expandable baton. The Honda driver threatened the other driver with the baton and followed him back to his car, even pulling open the door of the Yukon after its driver had gotten back inside.
Witnesses to the incident were on 911 with police dispatchers while the incident unfolded.
The Honda driver then got back into his car to leave, striking the Yukon a second time as he did so as well as another vehicle that was parked in the lot. From Umi, the Honda sped off northbound on Route 1 but made a U-turn at College Avenue and continued southbound again, striking a third vehicle, a Ford pickup, that was traveling on Route 1 just past Cowan Boulevard. The Honda then swerved across the oncoming lanes of Route 1 and was intercepted by responding police at the entrance to the Fredericksburg Trailer Park on Spotsylvania Avenue.
No drivers or passengers in the victim vehicles were injured. The Honda driver, Christopher Dempsey, 22, of Spotsylvania was arrested and charged with felony hit and run, two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, and two counts of assault. Dempsey was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. The expandable baton was located in Dempsey’s vehicle and seized for evidence.