The road is now reopened. Thank you.
One Northbound lane of Richmond Highway near Heritage Commons Drive is currently closed due to an auto accident. There are no injuries. Please use caution.
Underage Drunk Driver Arrest:
A 19-year-old earned six charges after drinking and driving with a minor in South Stafford.
On April 4th at approximately 10:40 p.m. Deputy B.M. Taylor was traveling behind a vehicle on Warrenton Road in the area of Solomon Drive. Suddenly, the vehicle accelerated to 90 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. It appeared the vehicle was attempting to get away from Deputy Taylor; however, Deputy Taylor does not give up that easy. Deputy Taylor caught up to the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. While the driver had just made a rather poor decision, he made the wise one to pull over.
Deputy Taylor made contact with the driver, a 19-year-old Stafford man, and the 17-year-old passenger. As soon as the driver rolled down the window, Deputy Taylor was struck with the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage. The odor was coming not only from the driver and passenger, but the multitude of open cans of beer in plain view.
The driver was uncooperative with deputies, and eventually was removed from the vehicle. Despite having slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, open cans of beer in the vehicle, and the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage coming directly from his breath, he denied consuming alcohol. It was discovered he also had no driver’s license.
The driver was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content between .15% and .2% with a child present, driving after illegally consuming alcohol, driving without a license, reckless speed, drinking while driving, and finally, contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. The intoxicated passenger was released to a guardian.
Great work to Deputy Taylor for removing yet another drunk driver from Stafford’s roads.
Repeat DUI Driver Detained Again:
A driver’s bad park job led to his arrest early Tuesday morning, leading to one less drunk driver on Stafford’s roads.
On April 4th at approximately 1:30 a.m. Deputy N.J. Amato responded to a single vehicle crash on Morton Road. A Mazda was currently sitting in a ditch. When Deputy Amato arrived on scene, he located the vehicle, and even a can of alcohol within it, but not the driver.
The vanishing driver would reappear not that far from the crash. Deputies were able to locate him down the street and identify him as a 24-year-old Stafford man. The driver had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, was unsteady on his feet, and had slowed slurred speech. He advised the crash occurred because he wasn’t paying attention and overcorrected.
During their interaction, the driver would advised Deputy Amato he did not want to go back to jail. That ship sailed when he made the choice to drink and drive. The driver was charged with driving under the influence second offense in five years, drinking while driving, hit and run, as well as, driving with a restricted license due to a prior alcohol offense. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
Drive sober or there is a mattress waiting at Rappahannock Regional Jail.
At 10:40 a.m. the School Resource Officer at Colonial Forge High School radioed for assistance for an altercation in the school cafeteria. Deputies and school administration worked together to separate several fights in the cafeteria. There are no reported serious injuries from the altercations. The incident is still under investigation for charges and disciplinary action.
The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff at Stafford County Public Schools. We will continue to work closely with school administration to provide that safe learning environment.
Our Daily Incident Report for 4/5/2023:
H.H. Poole Middle School, 800 Eustace Road, 4/4, 12:09 p.m. Deputy T.K. Phillips was preforming her SRO duties when she was informed of possible drug activity. A witness advised they observed a student, va**ng in the bathroom. A search of the student’s belongings conducted by school staff revealed two v**es and THC based products. The student used the classic lie saying it wasn’t his bag; however, that was quickly discovered to be false. A criminal complaint was filed.
Stafford High School, 63 Stafford Indians lane, 4/4, 12:30 p.m. Deputy R.B. Brooks was preforming his SRO duties when he was informed of possible drug activity. A witness advised they observed a student va**ng in class. A search of the student’s belongings conducted by school staff revealed a ni****ne v**e. Much like the student in the previous report, he originally denied it belonging to him. A criminal complaint was filed.
Garrison Woods Apartments, 4/4, 1:08 p.m. Deputy T.M. Givler and Deputy S.M. Eastman responded to a call of a trespassing. A witness observed a man they knew to be trespassed from the apartments once again back in the area. Deputies discovered the suspect was wanted out of Stafford for failure to appear. Deputies responded to the apartment he was known to frequent. The resident of the apartment gave consent for deputies to enter. Upon entering, Deputy Eastman observed the suspect attempting to hide behind a bookshelf. That clearly did not work and he was taken into custody. The suspect was served on his outstanding Stafford warrant, as well as, earned a new trespassing warrant. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,500 secured bond.
Dudley Lane, 4/4, 12:36 a.m. Deputy S.A. Fulford responded to a call of an assault. While it was determined no assault had occurred, one of the parties involved was wanted out of Stafford for failure to appear. The individual was served on his outstanding warrant and held at Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober.
Thank you to Stafford County Government for recognizing our Communications Officers for their hard work. We appreciate you taking the time to honor them.
Update: Darien has been safely located. Thank you for your assistance.
Deputies are searching the area of Apple Grove subdivision for 10-year-old Darien Fair. He was last seen approximately one hour ago near the park on Ripley Road. He is 4 feet tall and 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and royal blue shoes. If you have any information call 540-658-4400.
Bad Borrowing Swindle:
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is video evidence worth? One Stafford man found out just how much it would cost him after attempting to “borrow” money from a Stafford business.
On April 2nd at approximately 9:12 p.m. Deputy J.D. Hurt responded to Advance Auto Service, located at 26 Dorothy Lane, for a call of an unknown problem. There was an open line and what sounded to be a struggle on the other end. Deputy Hurt arrived on scene and observed a man holding another to the ground. The man on top, a business employee, advised he was just robbed by the man in his custody, Grady Kiker, 49. Kiker would advise he only came to the business to “borrow” cash.
After separating both parties, Deputy Hurt reviewed security cameras in order to determine what truly transpired. Cameras showed Kiker created his own parking spot in the middle of Dorothy Lane before walking towards the business. The employee was in the back of the business, minding his own business, when Kiker stealthily entered. Kiker opened the register and started filling his pockets with cash. After realizing this, the employee blocked the door and attempted to call police. Kiker threw the employee out of the way in order to attempt a great escape. The employee pursued the recent robber and detained him until Deputy Hurt arrived.
Still within Kiker’s pocket, Deputy Hurt located the stolen money. Kiker advised he had that prior to the incident. His answer changed after Deputy Hurt informed him of the camera footage. Kiker also advised he had “a bit” to drink; however, denied driving. His answer once again changed after Deputy Hurt informed him of the camera footage.
Kiker was quickly informed the difference between borrowing and robbing. He was charged with robbery, driving under the influence second offense in ten years, as well as, stopping on a highway. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
Our Daily Incident Report for 4/4/2023:
Wimbeldon Court, 4/2, 5:33 a.m. First Sergeant J.J. Kreider responded to a call of an assault. Two individuals, who had been drinking, got into a verbal argument over an air mattress. The argument turned physical. It was discovered one of the females involved was wanted out of Danville for assault. She was served on her outstanding warrant and held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,500 secured bond. The other female involved was charged with assault and battery and was held until sober.
America’s Best Value, 605 Warrenton Road, 4/2, 12:48 p.m. Deputy A.W. Sypolt responded to a call of an assault. The caller advised two males were attacking a victim before retreating into a room. Deputies located both suspects and the victim to discover the incident was over money. While both suspects advised the victim started it, video footage told the complete opposite. Both suspects were charged with assault and battery, and held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,500 secured bond.
Walmart, 217 Garrisonville Road, 4/3, 11:45 a.m. Deputy D.M. Bertrand responded to a call of an assault. One individual bumped another with his shopping cart. In retaliation, the other individual threw her cell phone at the man. Warrants for assault and battery were obtained on both parties, but have not yet been served.
Intersection of Richmond Highway and Courage Lane, 4/2, 12:35 a.m. Deputy D.S. Jett observed a vehicle traveling 66 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Deputy Jett initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The driver had watery, bloodshot eyes, the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, and even offered Deputy Jett a v**e. Within the vehicle, Deputy Jett located two half empty mini bottles of Fireball. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, as well as, drinking while driving. She was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober.
Onville Road, 4/2, 1:17 a.m. Deputy J.D. Hurt was traveling north on Onville Road when a vehicle traveling South crossed the double yellow line directly towards Deputy Hurt. Deputy Hurt proceeded off the road to avoid being struck as the vehicle came dangerously close. Deputy Hurt initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who nearly caused an accident. The driver had glassy, bloodshot eyes, the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and admitted to consuming two beers prior to driving. When asked why he almost hit Deputy Hurt, the driver advised he was not paying attention, and that is was “not a big deal”. This not big deal earned the driver warrants for driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content between .15% and .2% and the traffic lane violation. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $2,000 secured bond.
Intersection of Shelton Shop Road and Garrisonville Road, 4/2, 5:48 p.m. Deputy C.C. Lee responded to a call of a drunk driver. The caller advised they observed a vehicle swerving and the driver had even thrown a liquor bottle out the window. Deputy Lee was able to locate the suspect vehicle and made contact with the driver. The driver had bloodshot eyes, and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. After the field sobriety tests, the driver was taken into custody where her blood alcohol content was a staggering .24%. She was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content above .2 and was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
7- Eleven, 201 Garrisonville Road, 4/3, 9:34 p.m. Deputy J.C. Thomas was in the area for a call of a disturbance. Deputy Thomas made contact with a driver nearby who might have been involved. It was discovered the driver had bloodshot eyes, the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and four children inside the vehicle. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,000 secured bond.
Intersection of Richmond Highway and Centreport Parkway, 4/3, 11:18 p.m. Deputy B.M. Taylor observed a vehicle traveling 66 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Deputy Taylor initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The driver had glassy, bloodshot eyes, the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, and advised she was speeding in order to see her dog. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, and reckless driving. She was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober.
Basswood Drive, 4/2, 7:53 p.m. Deputy K.L. Steffenhagen responded to a call of a fraud. The victim advised a juvenile family member had been fraudulently using his credit card for quite some time. Today, there were more fraudulent charges totaling over $1,360. A criminal complaint for the juvenile will be filed.
Target, 25 South Gateway Drive, 4/3, 2:40 p.m. Deputy B.W. Gildea responded to a call of a larceny. Store staff advised a man attempted to steal two vacuums before being confronted. The suspect was shocked his camouflage clothes didn’t hide him accordingly, and quickly fled the store.