April 24th, 2014, 11:31 am
Man arrested after police chase
A Stafford man was arrested early Wednesday after a police dog found him hiding in the woods following a brief vehicle chase in which speeds reached 100 mph, police said.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident started about 11 p.m. Tuesday when 1st Sgt. Robbie Grella spotted a car in the area of Short Street and U.S. 17 in southern Stafford with no front license plate and illegally dark tinted windows.
Grella got behind the vehicle and followed it as it got onto Interstate 95 heading north. The car pulled to the shoulder after Grella activated his lights.
Deputy Jimmy Kingman joined Grella, but before the deputies could get out of their cruisers the car sped off on the shoulder. Kennedy said it was going about 100 mph as it passed a tractor-trailer and got onto the Centreport Parkway exit, a few miles from the initial traffic stop.
The driver stopped on the left shoulder of the exit ramp and got out of the car. He ran up a hill into some woods with Grella in pursuit, but the deputy lost sight of him.
Deputies returned to the car and spoke to the two passengers, who claimed they didn’t know the driver’s name. Deputy Alex Smith showed up a short time later with his police dog, and the dog quickly found the suspect lying on the ground not far from where Grella had last seen him.
Kennedy said the suspect told police he ran because he was wanted in other jurisdictions. Police later learned he had a charge in Georgia and charges in Prince William County for driving suspended and giving false identification to law enforcement.
Fred Allen English, 28, was charged in Stafford with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and obstruction of justice. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.