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Stafford man facing charges following chase by deputies
A suspected drunk driver was arrested late Tuesday following several foot chases that began after a deputy stopped him on Courthouse Road just down the street from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, police said.
Before finally being apprehended, police said, the suspect tussled with a deputy and tried to take the deputy’s Taser.
Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the incident began shortly before 10 p.m. when a caller reported an erratic driver in the area of Courthouse Road and Interstate 95. Sgt. Dan Purcell spotted the vehicle a short time later on Courthouse Road heading toward U.S. 1.
Purcell turned around and activated his lights while getting behind the suspect vehicle, Decatur said. The driver then made a U–turn of his own, heading in the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.
The driver turned into a nearby McDonald’s and got out of his vehicle. After Purcell ordered him to get back into the vehicle, the man took off running across Wyche Road. The deputy chased him into the woods while other deputies arrived and set up a perimeter.
Sgt. B.W. Morris was the next deputy to encounter the suspect but was unable to catch him. Deputy Dimas Pinzon finally spotted the man in the area of Willow Lane and, following a struggle over Pinzon’s Taser, took him into custody.
The suspect signed documents using a phony name, Decatur said. Police learned his true identity after checking his fingerprints.
Julian Nathan Miranda–Picado, 22, of Stafford was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, forgery, giving false identification to law enforcement, passing a forged document, two counts of resisting arrest, eluding police and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Decatur said Miranda–Picado was already wanted in another locality for failing to appear in court on a false identity charge. The car he was driving, a 1995 Honda Civic, belongs to a Fredericksburg woman.
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