Chase Suspect Bummed Ride at Corner Market, Police say
– October 31, 2013 3:30 pm
STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – A police pursuit in Stafford today ended with the suspect bumming a ride from a customer at a corner market.
A small compact car was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy speeding, headed west on Courthouse Road near Colonial Forge High School. When the driver of the car crossed a double line, passed a tractor trailer, and continued speeding, the deputy turned around and pursued the driver about 9:30 a.m., said authorities.
The driver then turned onto nearby Ramoth Church Road where the car went into a field and the driver bailed and fled on foot.
“There was much left of the car at this point, it was severely damaged” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy who was on the scene this morning.
Search crews and K9 dogs were called into look for the suspect and continued their search for at least an hour, and then a call came in from a nearby corner store.
A witness told authorities a man had been inside the store at the rural intersection of Kellogg Mill, Mountain View, and Ramoth Church roads and had asked patrons for a ride. Not knowing he was a suspect in a police pursuit someone said yes, and the caller told authorities the suspect was seen leaving the store in the backseat of car.
“We were nearby and within minutes were able to catch up to the car, stop it, and arrest the suspect,” added Kennedy.
The car was stopped about a quarter a mile from the store.
Reginald Miley-Butler, 27, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of a gun by convicted felon, unauthorized use of vehicle (authorities said the car belong to the suspect’s friend), felony eluding, driving on revoked license, reckless driving, posse ion of a concealed firearm without a permit, and marijuana possession. The suspect was arrested about an hour and a half after the police pursuit began.
He was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail following his arrest.