Stolen truck pursuit leads to multiple charges in Stafford
From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:
On Saturday afternoon at 3:02 p.m. deputies responded to the 400 block of Wood Landing Road for a larceny of a Ford F-350 with a trailer. As deputies responded to the scene, they learned the stolen truck was involved in a hit and run at the intersection of Wood Landing Road and Bethel Church Road.
Deputy G.P. McCaulley located the stolen truck on White Oak Road and attempted a traffic stop, however the suspect refused to stop. The suspect continued west on White Oak Road, passing through red lights at Deacon and Chatham Heights Roads.
The suspect continued onto Butler Road passing through an additional red light at the YMCA. At this point Sgt. N. Zotos and Deputy K.L. Warnick had joined the pursuit. The suspect went into oncoming lanes near the intersection of Cambridge Street to avoid spike strips and then passed through the red light onto Warrenton Road.
The deputies attempted a rolling road block near Melchers Drive and the suspect intentionally struck the patrol car of Deputy McCaulley. The suspect then struck a civilian vehicle near Old Forge Drive as she passed through another red light. Sgt. Zotos was then able to use his patrol car to force the suspect to stop at the ramp to I-95.
Once the stolen truck was stopped, the suspect attempted to flee on foot, but she was quickly apprehended. The suspect has been identified as Ebony Hampton, 36, of Stafford.
The initial investigation revealed Hampton was in a home on Wood Landing Road without permission. When workers arrived to perform maintenance on the home, she confronted them with a shovel. As they retreated, she stole their truck and fled the scene. Neighbors reported the strong smell of gas in the home and fortunately turned off the propane tank. The Office of the Fire Marshal was contacted to investigate the possible arson. This is an ongoing investigation.
Hampton is currently charged with felony eluding, assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, grand larceny, reckless driving, traffic light violations and passing on the double yellow. She was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
A civilian received a back injury from the initial hit and run on Wood Landing Road. A deputy has a shoulder injury from the suspect’s actions.