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Bad week for driver pulled over in Stafford
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Charlottesville man picked up his second felony charge in less than a week Wednesday when he was arrested after speeding through Stafford County in a stolen car, police said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said 1st Sgt. Renzo Beltran was heading south on U.S. 1 just past the Rappahannock Regional Jail about 3:20 p.m. when a vehicle sped through his radar heading north.
Beltran turned around and activated his lights, but the driver continued at the same speed while nervously looking at the deputy through the rearview mirror, Kennedy said.
A short time later, the driver abruptly pulled over to the gravel shoulder just south of Stafford Hospital, where Beltran and several other deputies confronted him. He had no license or registration, Kennedy said.
During the investigation, Beltran got a call from authorities in Albemarle County who said that the vehicle owner’s son had reported the car stolen that morning.
Joshua Lamont Jones, 24, was charged in Stafford with grand larceny, driving on a revoked license, misdemeanor eluding and reckless driving.
Court records show that Jones was charged with felony shoplifting in Albemarle four days earlier and was free on bond at the time the car was stolen.
Jones was jailed here under no bond.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404