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Man hits multiple vehicles in city road-rage incident


A Spotsylvania man was arrested Thursday night after he drove his car into three vehicles—one of them twice—in an apparent road rage incident.

Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident started about 7:20 p.m. when the suspect, driving a older model Honda, struck the left side of a GMC Yukon while trying to maneuver past it at the traffic light at U.S. 1 south and Cowan Boulevard in the city.

Instead of stopping, the Honda driver crossed Route 1 into the parking lot of the Umi restaurant and was followed by the Yukon driver, a 37-year-old Spotsylvania resident.

The two men were talking when the suspect pulled out an expandable baton and threatened the other man, Bledsoe said. The man got back into his Yukon and the suspect opened his door and continued making threats.

The wife of the Yukon driver was also in the vehicle. She called 911, as did several other witnesses.

Bledsoe said police aren’t sure why the suspect pulled out the baton.

The suspect got back into his Honda and drove off, striking the Yukon a second time, as well as a parked car outside the restaurant.

He then sped north on U.S. 1 to College Avenue, where he made a U-turn and headed south.

A short time later, he rear-ended a southbound pickup truck just past Cowan Boulevard.

The Honda briefly spun out of control, then shot across Route 1 in the Fredericksburg Trailer Park, where officers apprehended the driver at the trailer park entrance.

Christopher Dempsey, 22, was charged with felony hit and run, two counts of misdemeanor hit and run and two counts of assault. The baton was seized and Dempsey was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Bledsoe said several thousand dollars worth of damage was done to the various vehicles, but no one was injured.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404