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Man pleads to ramming deputies’ cruisers

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A man who rammed two Stafford County deputies’ cruisers last year in an attempt to evade drug charges pleaded guilty to five offenses Tuesday.

Shawn Maurice Asbury, 38, of Stafford was convicted of assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, destruction of property and violating probation.

He will be sentenced Nov. 20 in Stafford Circuit Court by Judge Charles Sharp.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Ed Lustig, Stafford authorities had received information from a confidential informant that Asbury was bringing cocaine from Prince William County to Stafford the evening of Sept. 23.

The informant had arranged the drug deal, Lustig said.

A deputy spotted Asbury’s vehicle heading north on U.S. 1 in North Stafford and alerted other deputies.

A traffic stop was initiated and the 2013 Dodge Stratus pulled into the Taylor’s Grocery parking lot with three cruisers boxing it in.

Asbury suddenly accelerated into 1st Sgt. Robbie Grella’s vehicle, lifting it off the ground, before also ramming Deputy Vernon Galyen’s cruiser.

He struck two more vehicles at a nearby car dealership before he and his passenger got out of their rental vehicle and ran in different directions.

During the foot chase, Asbury discarded cocaine and $1,300 in cash. The entire incident was captured on police video and the drugs and the money were recovered.

Asbury was apprehended after diving headfirst over a guardrail.

His passenger, Jamel Clifton Allen of Holly Hill, S.C., was also caught.

He was initially charged in Stafford, but those charged were later dropped. Allen was turned over to authorities in other jurisdictions, including Roanoke, where he was wanted for multiple bank robberies.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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