Speeding stop turns in felony eluding and other charges in Stafford

by | Feb 26, 2023 | Police and Fire, Ted Schubel

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office says a county resident was charged with several serious offenses Saturday night after attempting to elude a deputy for a speeding offense on Garrisonville Road.
Major Shawn Kimmitz says just after 7pm, Deputy J.W. Ahern was patrolling eastbound along Garrrisonville Road when he observed a blue Toyota minivan traveling westbound at 64 mph in the posted 45 mph zone near Vulcan Quarry Road. As the minivan passed the deputy, the driver turned off his lights and accelerated away into the darkness.
Kimmitz says Deputy Ahern activated his emergency equipment and the suspect continued at a high rate of speed westbound. The suspect made a right onto Ripley Road entering the subdivision of Apple Grove. The suspect continued without his lights at a high rate of speed into the residential area and made a left on Kinser Way, a right on Bannon Lane, a right on Hayes Street and a right back onto Ripley Road.  The pursuit continued back to westbound Garrisonville Road, to a left onto Joshua Road. At this point, the driver stopped at the intersection of Joshua Road and St. Robert’s Drive. Deputy Ahern was joined by Deputy B.E. Vaughn for a high risk stop.
The driver was identified as 18-year-old Grant Egan.  Kimmitz says there were four juvenile passengers in the minivan. Egan was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, underage possession of alcohol and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. The juveniles were released to their parents.
Kimmitz says when you see the flashing blue lights, slow down and pull over. Do not turn a traffic infraction into a felony arrest.

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