South Carolina man arrested for attempted murder after causing series of crashes in Stafford

by | Jul 2, 2024 | ALLFFP, Police and Fire, Stafford

Rome Washington.

A South Carolina man is in jail this morning after allegedly causing a series of intentional crashes on U.S. Route 1 in Stafford County yesterday evening before deputies pitted his vehicle to end the rampage.

According to a release, on July 1 at 6:05 p.m. First Sergeant D.W. Fetterolf with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office located the aftermath of a crash near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Coachman Circle. Deputy X.D. Bates arrived to assist and they learned a southbound Subaru SUV had intentionally struck a southbound BMW motorcycle from behind.

The impact sent the motorcyclist onto the hood of the Subaru before falling from the vehicle onto the pavement. The motorcyclist suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Subaru driver continued southbound from the accident scene. The suspect proceeded to make intentional and unprovoked vehicle contact with the passenger side of a Ford F-150 in the wayside, pushing the truck toward the guardrail. The driver of the F-150 was not injured.

First Sergeant M.R. Flick and Sergeant J.D. Hurt observed the Subaru as it passed Courthouse Road and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect refused to stop and increased his speed to over 100 mph. The suspect passed several cars over the double yellow lines, failed to stop at red traffic signals and maintained a reckless speed. Deputies attempted to use a tire deflation device at Centreport Parkway but were unsuccessful.

Hurt conducted a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver near Enon Road. The Subaru did a 720-degree spin and then flipped over as it went up the grassy embankment. The uninjured suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as Rome Washington, 40, of Columbia, South Carolina. He was charged with attempted murder, DUI, reckless driving, felony eluding, felony hit and run, attempted malicious wounding, vandalism, fail to drive to the right, traffic light violations and driving with a cell phone in his hand.

He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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