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Police chase in King George ends in crash, arrest
A Stafford County man was arrested Tuesday morning after crashing a Chevrolet Camaro while being chased by a King George County deputy, according to the Virginia State Police.
State police were called to the scene on State Route 3 at about 10 a.m., according to Sgt. Thomas Molnar. No word yet from the Sheriff’s Office on what led to the pursuit.
Molnar said the crash happened as a King George deputy was pursuing a 2012 Camaro east on Route 3. The Camaro ran off the right side of the highway at the Hudson Road intersection and hit a parked 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu was knocked into the side of a business, which was closed.
Molnar said the driver of the Camaro, 22-year-old Jason M. Smoot, got out of the car and fled on foot. He was caught a short time later by King George deputies.
Smoot, of Saint Mary’s Lane in Stafford, was charged by state police with hit and run, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Molnar said speed likely was a factor in the crash, but not drugs or alcohol.
Smoot is being held without bond until his arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday.