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Car Chase Ends with DUI Charges in Northern Virginia

Posted on May 17, 2011
On April 21, 2011, a Rappahannock County man allegedly led Virginia State Police on a high-speed chase and was arrested after leading police through three counties.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night, police spotted a car and pulled the driver over for allegedly driving erratically. Austin A. Griffith, of Amissville, pulled his pickup truck over, but police say when the officer approached the pickup Griffith quickly sped away.

The 31-year-old driver was traveling westbound on Interstate 66 near Route 29 in Centreville when this occurred. He continued traveling on I-66 during the chase, and at one point police say that he crossed into eastbound lanes but returned to the westbound lanes, and then exited the Interstate onto Route 29

The Virginia State Police stopped the car using road spikes near the intersection of County Road 600 and Route 29 in Fauquier County. However, police said that Griffith tried to flee the scene on foot, but they caught him within minutes.

Police suspected Griffith of drunk driving, and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) in Virginia, drug possession and paraphernalia charges, a felony count of eluding the police, and driving on a revoked license.
Police in Prince William County and Fauquier County helped Virginia State Police in arresting Griffith.

Griffith was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Virginia, please contact a skilled Manassas, Va. criminal defense attorney at the Wilson Law Firm regarding this serious offense. Call (703) 361-6100 today.

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