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Manassas man faces DUI, other charges in Stafford County
A Manassas man was arrested on multiple charges early Sunday following an incident that began when he drove over a curb, demanded a stranger’s property and urinated in front of several people, police said.
Jonathan Ruben Cruz, 27, was charged with driving under the influence (third offense in five years) and other offenses after Sgt. Rebecca Losiewski stopped him on Warrenton Road in southern Stafford.
According to Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy, a man was at the Hartwood Grocery about 2 a.m. picking up papers for a delivery route when he heard a loud noise. A driver had crossed the median on U.S. 17 (Warrenton Road), drove over a curb and entered the store parking lot.
The driver then got out of his car, walked over to the delivery man and demanded his cellphone and GPS. After the victim declined, the suspect threw a beer can at him, urinated in front of him and others then drove back over the curb onto Warrenton Road.
The victim called police to report a suspected drunken driver heading toward Interstate 95 on U.S. 17. Losiewski was in the area of Sanford Drive when she saw a man driving erratically in a parking lot. After going around a building several times, the driver got back onto Warrenton Road and headed toward Falmouth.
Kennedy said the driver crossed several lanes before going through a red light and making a U–turn to head northwest on Warrenton Road. Losiewski stopped the vehicle a short time later.
Kennedy said the driver’s speech was extremely slurred and he gave the deputy a false identity several times prior to being arrested.
Cruz was also charged with driving on a revoked license, indecent exposure, giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, assault and intimidation, having an open container of alcohol, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to yield the right or way.
He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Court records show that Cruz’s prior DUI convictions were in Prince William County for offenses that occurred in May 2009 and last Sept. 19. He was also wanted in Prince William on other charges.
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