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Stafford County Sheriff's Office

Wanted Suspect Receives Multiple Charges after Impaired Driving Incident

by | Dec 15, 2018 | News, Police and Fire

Stafford, VA. – A suspect was arrested by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening after witnesses observed a green pick-up truck driving erratically in the area of Route 17 and Poplar Road.

On December 12, 2018, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a reckless driver traveling with his hazard lights on, swerving all over the road and almost crashing into two vehicles. The driver then pulled into the parking lot of the Walmart located at 11 Village Parkway. Sergeant Rakoczy and 1st Sgt. Purcell located the suspect vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. The vehicle had a completely shattered windshield and a broken headlight. They observed two occupants in the vehicle. The driver had bloodshot, glassy eyes and his speech was slurred.

The driver was identified as John Bernard Lillis, Jr., 37, of Bumpass, VA. However, he initially provided false identification to 1st Sgt. Purcell. Field sobriety tests were conducted and he was taken into custody by Deputy Kellogg. The deputy then learned the suspect was wanted out of Stafford County for a probation violation and out of Prince William County for shoplifting. In addition, his driver’s license was suspended.

A search of the vehicle yielded several controlled substances and ammunition. Additionally, the juvenile passenger of the vehicle admitted to using a controlled substance. A criminal complaint was filed with the Juvenile Detention Center and he was released to the custody of a family member.

The suspect was served his outstanding warrants and also charged with possession of controlled substances, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, providing false identification to law enforcement, driving under the influence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving while suspended, identity theft to avoid arrest, and defective equipment. He is incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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