Wild chase leads to charges in Stafford County
By KEITH EPPS
A Stafford County man is accused of turning a defective headlight into multiple felony charges – including attempted capital murder – late Monday, police said.
Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Christopher Staats was on patrol about 10 p.m. when he saw a vehicle with a headlight out on Plantation Drive in the England Run area.
When Staats turned on his lights to stop the vehicle, Kennedy said, the driver looked behind him and accelerated away. Staats turned on his siren as the driver turned onto South Gateway Drive and headed toward U.S. 17.
Traffic was blocked at U.S. 17, Kennedy said, but the suspect maneuvered his way through and headed south on U.S. 17. Staats continued to follow the suspect as he made an abrupt turn onto Olde Forge Drive into Olde Forge subdivision.
Sgt. Bill Walker and Deputy Scott Meyers were involved in the pursuit by now, and Walker tried to get in front of the fleeing vehicle. Kennedy said the driver deliberately struck Walker’s cruiser, knocking both vehicles out of control, then struck it a second time.
The impact caused the suspect’s vehicle to go over a curb and knock down a street sign, Kennedy said.
The suspect ended up at a dead end on Alba Road, where Kennedy said he bailed out of the vehicle and ran.
Meyers’ police dog, Khaos, caught him a short time later in a back yard.
Two other adults were in the vehicle, along with a small child. Kennedy said they were not charged and were extremely upset with the driver’s actions.
Kennedy said the driver told police that he had no idea they were trying to stop him and didn’t recall hitting Walker’s cruiser.
In addition to attempted capital murder, Dorian Allison Ragland, 40, was charged with felony eluding, felony hit and run, driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, failure to properly secure a child in a car seat, failure to obey a signal and defective equipment.
Ragland was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.