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Stafford road-rage incident leads to felony charge


A Stafford man picked up a felony charge Wednesday after he fought with another motorist and tried to hit him with a shovel, police said.

Dennis Ray Colvin, 52, was charged with attempted malicious wounding, Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said.

He also was charged with two misdemeanors—assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

According to police, the incident started about 7:40 a.m. when Colvin pulled out of a driveway onto Forbes Street in southern Stafford.

A driver who was behind Colvin’s Ford truck told police that the driver was going about 10 mph for several-hundred yards and kept hitting his brakes as if he were trying to get rear-ended.

The other driver eventually got beside the truck and asked the driver what was going on, Decatur said. The truck driver challenged the other man, 41, to get out of his vehicle and both men did, Decatur added.

Deputies were called to the area of Forbes Street and Lightning Maple Drive to reports of a fight in progress.

Witnesses told police that Colvin kicked the other man in the groin before grabbing a shovel from the bed of his truck and swinging it repeatedly. The shovel never hit the other man.

Decatur said Colvin had a differing version of the story, but witnesses corroborated the victim’s story.

Colvin was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $10,000 bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404