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Car Chase Lands Ruhren in Jail

By Potomac Local News January 28, 2014 4:07 pm

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Authorities said a Stafford man led them on a wild chase into Triangle.

A Stafford sheriff’s deputy saw a car traveling north on U.S. 1 near Stafford Courthouse on Saturday afternoon. The driver was speeding, so the deputy turned around to follow the car, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The deputy witnessed the car traveling between 60 and 70 mph, using the southbound lanes of the 4-lane highway to get around other motorists, and also striking at least one car on U.S. 1 in the process, Kennedy added.

The pursuit continued thorugh North Stafford and eventually into Prince William County, into the Triangle area’s Melrose Apartments. There, the driver of the car crashed into a curb disabling his vehicle, and then took off on foot. Police from Prince William County were called in to assist with K9 units but they were unable to locate the man.

Later that evening, a woman called the sheriff’s office to file a complaint about her car being stolen from a parking lot outside of her home. The next day, the same deputy was able to determine that the man he chased the day before was the boyfriend of the woman who reported her car stolen, said Kennedy.

The deputy then went located the woman’s boyfriend and arrested him.

Scott Ruhren, 44, of Parkbrook Court in Stafford, is charged with felony eluding, hit and run, and reckless driving, said Kennedy. He was jailed at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.

Photo: Rappahannock Regional Jail