Two high-speed chases end in ar­rests

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By Roger Piantadosi Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

In sep­a­rate in­ci­dents, po­lice chased two driv­ers Satur­day — one of them with an in­fant and tod­dler in his ve­hi­cle in Amissville, the other on a mo­tor­cy­cle trav­el­ing at speeds sur­pass­ing 120 mph dur­ing the rider’s 21mile at­tempt to elude his pur­suers from near Wash­ing­ton all the way into Culpeper County.

Both driv­ers were ar­rested and charged with a va­ri­ety of felony and mis­de­meanor of­fenses.

The mo­tor­cy­clist, who po­lice said took off west­bound on U.S. 211 when Vir­ginia State Po­lice Trooper Phillip Thomas tried to pull him over near Massies Cor­ner, was iden­ti­fied as 31-yearold Bryant A. Fletcher III of Wash­ing­ton. He is charged with felony elud­ing po­lice, and driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense.

Ac­cord­ing to Thomas’ crim­i­nal com­plaint on file at Rap­pa­han­nock County District Court, where Fletcher was ar-

raigned Tues­day and re­leased on a $20,000 bond, he and Rap­pa­han­nock County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Deputy Chris Koglin both chased Fletcher, with Koglin tak­ing the lead as the mo­tor­cy­clist headed to­ward Sper­ryville. Fletcher con­tin­ued through Sper­ryville and turned south on U.S. 522 to­ward Woodville, po­lice said.

Culpeper County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies set up a road­block near the county line, but the rider got through it; Koglin and other CCSO pa­trol of­fi­cers even­tu­ally boxed Fletcher in not far from the Salem fire hall, some six miles south of the county line.

Ear­lier Satur­day, Koglin clocked a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing at 80 mph on U.S. 211 in Amissville. When he at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle, the driver — iden­ti­fied as Franklin Todd Berry Jr., 22, of Amissville — sped off. Koglin’s com­plaint says Berry pulled into a me­dian cross­over at May­hugh’s Store and jumped out of the ve­hi­cle — with a three-week-old in­fant and a twoyear-old child still in­side — and fled on foot into the woods near May­hugh’s. He even­tu­ally gave him­self up, Koglin’s com­plaint says — and pro­ceeded to fail three field so­bri­ety tests, al­legedly telling Koglin at one point that he’d ac­cel­er­ated his ve­hi­cle up to 100 mph “to see what it had.”

Berry is charged with two felony counts of reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing a child and four mis­de­meanors, in­clud­ing DWI, elud­ing po­lice, driv­ing with­out a li­cense and trav­el­ing more than 20 mph over the speed limit. Re­leased on his own re­cog­ni­zance Tues­day, Berry’s hear­ing is July 15.

Fletcher’s hear­ing is sched­uled for Aug. 12.

Other cases

As the re­sult of a traf­fic stop Mon­day ( June 9), Dep- uty Bran­dan Smoot ar­rested Dou­glas Lee Utt, 39, of Rix­eyville, and charged him with DUI and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

Joshua A. Mack, a 25-yearold Culpeper res­i­dent, was charged af­ter mid­night May 30 with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence (DUI) af­ter RCSO Deputy Cody Dod­son found him asleep at the wheel — of a ve­hi­cle stopped in the right-hand travel lane of U. S. 211 near Bat­tle Moun­tain Road.

Dod­son con­ducted field so­bri­ety tests af­ter rous­ing Mack at about 12: 30 a. m., Sher­iff Con­nie C. Smith said. Mack is sched­uled for a hear­ing on the first- of­fense charge on Aug. 5.

The RCSO and the state med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice also in­ves­ti­gated the death of James A. “Bear” Bryant, a Sper­ryville res­i­dent who was found dead at an of­fice at 12693 Lee Hwy. shortly af­ter 9 a.m. on Mon­day, June 2, Smith said. No fur­ther de­tails were avail­able.

RCSO file photo of Bryant A. Fletcher III

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