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Stafford patrol car damaged. Man arrested for DUI

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Police and Fire

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office says a repeat DUI offender was arrested Wednesday night in North Stafford after causing a multi-vehicle crash.  The Sheriff’s Office says Deputy E.R. Houde was in his marked patrol vehicle stopped at a red traffic signal on southbound U.S. 1 at Aquia Park Shopping Center, with a red Hyundai Elantra stopped behind him. Suddenly, a southbound Acura MDX smashed into the rear of the Hyundai, pushing it into the rear of the patrol car. Although there was significant damage to the vehicles, no one was injured in the crash.
Deputy S. Waheed responded to the scene and identified the Acura driver as 31-year-old Bernard Griffin of Stafford. Griffin had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. Field sobriety tests were offered and Griffin was arrested.
Griffin was charged with DUI second offense in five to ten years and following too closely. He was held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail until sober since the magistrate gave him an unsecured bond.
The Sheriff’s Office says plan ahead and have a designated driver. Please report suspected drunk drivers at 540-658-4400 or 911.
Photos courtesy Stafford Sheriff’s Office

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