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Ex-deputy charged after I–95 run-in

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A former Spotsylvania County deputy who started off as the victim of a hit-and-run on Interstate 95 Friday also faces charges stemming from the incident, police said.

According to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler, a call came in around 5:20 p.m. Friday from a man who said another vehicle struck his car on I–95 in Stafford County and kept going. The man told dispatchers he was following the vehicle south on the interstate, Tyler said.

State troopers met both drivers, who had pulled off of the interstate at the Massaponax exit in Spotsylvania and parked at a shopping center near Southpoint Parkway around 5:40 p.m., Tyler said.

An investigation revealed that a 2012 Chevy Camaro was traveling southbound on I–95 in the center lane when it was struck by a 2008 Ford truck that was in the left lane trying to switch lanes near the 136 mile marker in Stafford, Tyler said.

The driver of the Ford truck, 21-year-old Sheppard Lamont Brown Jr., of Hampton, is charged with felony hit and run, driving without a valid driver’s license and reckless driving. He was held on a $2,500 bond.

However, the driver of the Camaro, Brian Mitchell Bettis, 43, of Spotsylvania, wound up facing charges as well.

“During the investigation, [the victim] began to interfere with the investigation and he was arrested by Trooper C.L. Smith,” Tyler said.

Bettis is charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail and held on a $1,500 bond.

Bettis is a former Spotsylvania deputy and a former Fredericksburg police officer who now works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He ran an unsuccessful bid for Spotsylvania County sheriff in 2011, losing to current sheriff Roger Harris.

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