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Felony charges follow Culpeper traffic stop

A traffic stop in Culpeper has led to serious charges, including assault of a police officer and felony possession of several controlled substances.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Waddell noticed a black 2013 Nissan Altima stopped in the middle of Madison Road in the northbound lane at 12:23 a.m. Friday, Detective Angela Deavers said in a press release.

Waddell stopped the Altima at Sunset Lane and Redbud Street, and the three occupants got out and were speaking to Waddell and Cpl. Richard McKinley, Deavers said.

Suddenly, the driver ran back to the vehicle, Deavers said. McKinley used his Taser to try to stop the man before he reached the door, and the man then ran, according to the release.

Waddell gained control of the man and was injured in the process, Deavers said.

Deputy Larry Myers responded with his K–9, Loki, and they found drug paraphernalia and narcotics in the car, Deavers said.

Dominique Bradford, 22, of Capital Heights, Md., and passengers Wayne Johnson, 34, also of Capital Heights, Md., and Andre Puller, 22, of Culpeper, were charged with felony possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, heroin and PCP, Deavers said.

Bradford also was charged with assaulting a police officer, driving under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest, eluding police and impeding traffic, according to the release.

The men were taken to Culpeper County Jail and held without bond.

Deputy Waddell was transported to Culpeper Regional Hospital and later released.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425