Hit & Run Suspect Charged with Assaulting Officer Tracked to Home
– July 7, 2014 8:30 pm
STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Sheriff’s deputies tracked a woman suspected in a hit and run crash to her house and arrested her over the weekend.
The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of U.S. 17 and Banks Ford Parkway in Stafford County. A man told Stafford sheriff’s deputies that a car driven by a woman slammed into the rear of his car as he was coming to the stop at a signal light at the intersection, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
After colliding the with the car, the woman put her foot on the accelerator, drove around the car she hit, into some highway construction barrels at the intersection, and then continued on her way, said Kennedy.
After 911 was called and deputies arrived on scene, one of the deputies spotted a car fitting the description of the vehicle that slammed into the victim’s car, said Kennedy. As that car approached the signal light and came to a stop, the deputy looked over the female driver of the car and the driver looked down to the floorboard to avoid eye contact with the deputy, said Kennedy.
The deputy approached the driver and asked her if she had been involved in a hit and run crash and she told said no, said Kennedy. The woman then began to drive away while being questioned by police, and while the deputy’s hand was gripping the car door, said Kennedy. The deputy told the woman to stop be she ignored him, Kennedy added.
Law enforcement officers were able to track the car to its registered address. Deputies called and spoke to the homeowner and asked if a woman fitting the description of the female driver lived at the house, said Kennedy. The homeowner told investigators the woman was at the house, said Kennedy.
Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Skyline Drive in the rural Hartwood section of Stafford County to find the driver.
Deputies knocked at the door, heard a TV on in the background, but no one answered, said Kennedy. A K9 deputy then entered the home through an unlocked window, announced the police presence and warned a K9 dog would be used to search for their suspect, and that’s when a woman came out and surrendered to investigators, said Kennedy.
Cheryl Ennis, 26, of Skyline Drive, is charged with driving on a suspended license, assault on a law enforcement officer, eluding with endangerment, and hit and run, said Kennedy. Further investigation revealed the woman was also wanted for violating probation, said Kennedy.
Ennis was held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.