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Car left in road leads to arrest in Stafford

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A Pennsylvania man was charged with drug and driving offenses late Wednesday after he temporarily abandoned his car in the middle of a busy Stafford County intersection, authorities said.

Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Robert Morris went to the area of 2925 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) just north of Garrisonville Road about 10 p.m. and found a vehicle in the road with no one in it.

The deputy deemed it a significant traffic hazard, so he called for a wrecker to remove it.

Kennedy said Morris found the owner’s license in the car, along with a number of sealed wrappers containing suspected cocaine. Just as the vehicle was about to be towed, Deputy Dimas Pinzon spotted a man staggering out of the woods and heading toward the car.

Deputies determined that he was the owner of the car. Kennedy said the man told police that he thought he was still in Pennsylvania.

Stephen Dargenio, 41, of Yardley, Pa., was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (third offense), possession of cocaine and refusing to take a blood or breath test. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Kennedy said it was not clear why the man was in Stafford.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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