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Fleeing driver faces numerous charges

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A Stafford County man was charged with multiple offenses—including attempted capital murder—after he rammed a deputy’s cruiser during a pursuit early Sunday, police said.

 Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the suspect, 34-year-old Jose Silvestrecq Catalan, was also charged with driving while intoxicated. Decatur said Catalan has five DUI convictions over the past 10 years.

Decatur said Deputy M.R. Flick was on patrol near the Hidden Valley 7–Eleven on U.S. 1 about 2:10 a.m. when a southbound Honda Accord came by going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Flick turned to stop the vehicle and followed it with his blue lights on. Decatur said the vehicle was swerving in and out of its lane and did not stop for the deputy.

Flick activated his siren and continue pursuing the vehicle south past Garrisonville Road toward the courthouse area. The driver was still traveling about 20 mph over the speed limit.

Other deputies had joined the pursuit as it neared the Stafford Wayside area. An attempt to flatten the suspect’s tires with stinger strips failed, so deputies surrounded the fleeing vehicle with their cruisers to get it to stop.

Decatur said Flick was next to the driver when he looked at the deputy and deliberately rammed the side of his cruiser. Flick was not seriously injured.

After ramming Flick, police said, the driver made a U-turn and headed north on U.S. 1. He turned onto Allatoona Drive and then onto Munsons Hill Court.

Decatur said the driver then got out of the vehicle and ran behind some townhouses with several deputies in pursuit.

His escape attempt was stymied by a wooden fence, but he continued to ignore the deputies’ commands, Decatur said. He was eventually subdued with a stun device  and taken into custody.

Catalan was also charged with eluding police, destruction of property, reckless driving, having no driver’s license, refusing to take a breath test, failure to stop at an accident and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Catalan was arraigned Monday in Stafford General District Court, and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 10, court records show.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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