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Prison guard jailed after restaurant ruckus

BY KEITH EPPS

A corrections officer at a Culpeper County prison visited a different jail Friday—as an inmate.

Daquain Alonzo Wiltshire, 23, of Spotsylvania was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail after being charged with four misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm.

Wiltshire, who works at the Coffeewood Correctional Center, was charged in connection with his role in an early-morning incident Sunday at the IHOP in Central Park in Fredericksburg.

According to city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, Wiltshire and others were eating at the restaurant at about 5 a.m. when the group became unruly.

The young men and women were at “various levels of intoxication,” Bledsoe said, and some started jumping on tables and over partitions. An employee confronted one man who was especially disruptive.

After exchanging words with the employee, the man went to the parking lot and came back into the business carrying a gun.

He didn’t threaten anyone with it, but the four employees who saw it were shaken up, Bledsoe said.

Police were called after the group left.

Wiltshire used a credit card to pay his bill, and police used that to track him down, Bledsoe said.

The employees later identified him through a photo lineup.

Brandishing a firearm is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

Wiltshire was jailed under a $1,500 bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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