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‘Wrong Way’ Traffic Stop Yields Stafford Drug Bust

STAFFORD, Va. — Authorities said a car drove right into the path of oncoming traffic on U.S. 1, and then it was time to pull over the driver and see what was up.

The driver turned right onto U.S. 1 north from Jason Lane in Stafford, about 6 a.m. Monday. A sheriff’s deputy happened to be in the area and began following the car once he saw the driver ignore a stop sign at U.S. 1 and Jason Lane. The driver continued north about a half mile to Coal Landing Road.

Approaching a signal, the driver pulled into a left turn lane at the intersection and – true to form – blew through a red light and turned left and turned back onto U.S. 1, this time heading north into the path of southbound traffic, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Seeing the flashing lights of the sheriff’s car behind him, apparently the driver thought it would be a good idea to stop, and he did. Now, both the suspect’s and deputy’s cars were facing the wrong way on U.S. 1.

The driver didn’t have ID on him, but was later identified as Asiel Butler, 19, of ValDosta Drive in Stafford, said Kennedy.

Inside the car, several plastic bags of marijuana were found inside of a backpack, as well as a large plastic container with what’s believed to be more pot, said Kennedy.

Butler is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, said Kennedy. He was held on $1,500 bond.


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