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Stafford Authorities Pursue Car in High-Speed Chase, Find Driver in Woods

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A driver led authorities on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95.

A Stafford County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a car in the area of U.S. 17 and Short Street in Falmouth about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The windows were “too dark by code” and the deputy activated his lights and siren and stopped the car.

Another sheriff’s deputy pulled alongside, but before the two law enforcement officers could speak to the driver the car sped off onto nearby Interstate 95 and headed north, said sheriff’s office spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Deputies gave chase and speeds during the pursuit reached over 100 mph, passing a tractor trailer, said Kennedy.

The driver eventually pulled off on the very next highway exit at Centreport Parkway and then stopped his car on the left side of the ramp, then bailed out and fled into the woods. Deputies pulled up and found two others inside the car who said they didn’t know the driver, said Kennedy.

Deputies then took off into the woods to search for the man. A K9 unit was called and, after a “short track,” the driver was found lying down in the woods, said Kennedy.

Fred English, 28, of no fixed address, faces charges of felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, and obstruction of justice. Kennedy also said English has arrest warrants out for his arrest in neighboring Prince William County, Va. and in Georgia.

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