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Chase, manhunt net man two years

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A man who led Stafford deputies on a two-hour chase and manhunt last year was ordered Thursday to serve two years in prison.

Reginald F. Miley–Butler, 27, was also fined $5,000 in Stafford Circuit Court. It was the same sentence that had previously been recommended by a jury.

Among the charges he was convicted of were eluding police and driving on a suspended license.

According to the evidence, Miley–Butler was driving on Courthouse Road when Sgt. Bill Walker saw him pass a tractor–trailer while speeding.

Walker turned around to stop the vehicle, but Miley–Butler sped away. He turned onto Ramoth Church Road and went about three miles before losing control of the vehicle and ending up in a field.

He then left the vehicle and ran off. Police searched for well over an hour before getting a tip that Miley–Butler had gotten a ride from someone.

Miley–Butler had been in the area of Kellogg Mill, Ramoth Church and Mountain View roads asking for rides before a man—who didn’t know Miley–Butler was wanted—gave him one.

The car was stopped a few minutes later and Miley–Butler was taken into custody. The wrecked car the suspect had been driving earlier was badly damaged and belonged to an acquaintance who hadn’t given Miley–Butler permission to drive it.

It was the second time in less than a year that Miley–Butler had gotten into trouble while driving someone else’s vehicle. In October of 2012, he struck a minivan and a mailbox while driving a roommate’s car and fled from the scene.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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