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Stafford deputies seek man in flip and run case

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Stafford County authorities are trying to identify a man who eluded a deputy early Sunday after flipping the car he was driving in North Stafford, police said.

The incident began about 12:50 a.m. on U.S. 1, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said. Deputy Joseph Floirendo was on patrol when he saw a northbound vehicle being driven erratically near Coachman Circle.

Floirendo got behind the vehicle and saw it abruptly change lanes several times and nearly hit a jersey barrier. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle as it turned onto Telegraph Road and Widewater Lane, Kennedy said, but the driver sped up and kept going.

In the 500 block of Widewater Lane, the vehicle crossed a double yellow line, hit some gravel, spun around until it was facing the deputy and flipped onto its roof, Kennedy said.

As Floirendo approached the driver’s window, the driver crawled out of the passenger window and took off running.

Floirendo pursued the driver, but lost him in the heavily wooded area. Other deputies came to assist in the search, but couldn’t find the driver.

The car did not belong to the driver, Kennedy said, but police have solid leads on the driver’s identity that were being pursued Monday. Among the items found in the car were marijuana and various pills.

The driver was described only as a young Hispanic male wearing a two-toned Polo shirt.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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