Spotsy man arrested in high speed chase in Stafford
From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:
An intoxicated hit and run suspect was arrested early Saturday morning after a pursuit through Stafford County, witnessing first hand that you cannot outrun the police radio.
At 1:44 a.m., Stafford deputies were made aware of a suspect driving a gold BMW getting off of I-95 onto Courthouse Road after committing a hit and run in Prince William County. The victim had followed the suspect into Stafford and reported that the BMW driver was possibly intoxicated.
Deputy C.T. Richardson observed the gold BMW near Jefferson Davis Highway and Hospital Center Boulevard and attempted a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, the suspect initiated a pursuit southbound on Jefferson Davis Highway at speeds over 100 mph.
Sgt. L.A. Burgess and Deputy C.R. Szentkuti responded to assist. Deputy D.A. Earp, Jr. was able to deploy a tire deflation device near Truslow Road and deflate both front tires on the BMW.
The pursuit slowed as the BMW continued with the deflated tires, before finally stopping in Fredericksburg at Germania Street and Fall Hill Avenue. The driver was taken into custody and identified as Larry Johnson, 38, of Partlow. Johnson smelled of an alcoholic beverage and had glassy, bloodshot eyes.
Johnson was charged with eluding, DUI second offense in five to ten years, refusal and obstruction of justice. The hit and run investigation was turned over to Virginia State Police since it occurred in Prince William County. Johnson was ordered held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.