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Asking deputy for gas money leads to chase, Stafford man’s arrest

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A Stafford man was jailed Monday following an incident that began when he tried to solicit money from a county deputy and ended with a several-mile pursuit on Interstate 95, police said.

Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Jimmy Kingman was at the Wawa at 105 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford about 9:30 p.m. when a man walked up and asked him if he had any spare change.

The deputy told him no, so the man went to the fuel pumps requesting money from other customers.

Kingman later told the man that store management didn’t appreciate his solicitation efforts and asked the man for identification. The man said he had identification, but he didn’t show it to the deputy and walked away.

Kingman followed him to the fuel pumps, where the man got into a car and told his passenger, “we’re out of here.” He then pulled onto Garrisonville and headed toward the interstate.

Kingman, who noticed that the vehicle had a cracked windshield and numerous dangling objects on the rear-view mirror, got into his cruiser and followed the driver north on I–95. Kennedy said the driver wasn’t speeding or driving recklessly, but simply ignored Kingman’s flashing lights and refused to stop.

A number of deputies joined they pursuit by the time the man reached the Quantico exit. The driver finally stopped there, but initially refused to get out of the vehicle or talk to police.

He finally complied and was taken into custody without incident.

Kenneth Gross, 24, was charged with misdemeanor eluding, defective equipment and objects suspended from the rearview mirror. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1,500 bond.

His passenger, 47-year-old Steven Craft of Stafford, was charged with public intoxication.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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