CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT STAFF
A Bealeton man led a Culpeper County deputy in a high-speed chase through downtown early Saturday that surprisingly ended with only minor injuries to the driver, four-minute camera video shows dashboard posted this weekend by Sheriff Scott Jenkins on the agency’s Facebook page.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m. on July 16 when Deputy N. Earnshaw observed a vehicle driving without lights near the roundabout in the town of Culpeper.
On West Street in the courthouse area, Earnshaw activated his blue lights in an attempt to carry out a traffic stop, according to a statement from the agency. The vehicle accelerated rapidly and drove recklessly down West Street toward Madison Road at speeds of over 80 mph, video shows.
The vehicle continued to flee south on Madison Road towards James Madison Highway/Route 15 at speeds in excess of 110 mph, the statement said.
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Near Culpeper Holiday Inn at the Highway 29 interchange, the deputy uses his patrol car to make contact with the bumper of the suspect vehicle, but the car continues to drive on Highway 299 past the retirement village of Culpeper. The car then turns left onto the James Madison Highway and is again struck by Earnshaw’s cruiser, disabling the suspect as it heads back towards town.
The deputy stops his cruiser, gets out and can be seen running towards the suspect car, on the right shoulder near the rear of the Culpeper.
“Show me your hands!” he can be heard shouting as reinforcements arrive. “Do not move!”
Barking and shouting in the video as a K9 deputy arrives, “Don’t do anything stupid. You’re going to get bitten, ”we can hear as the suspect is led away handcuffed without further incident.
The driver can be heard asking if he is injured and responding about a back injury. No other vehicles were hit in the incident which ran through three red lights on the busy bus. 29 road through the city.
The driver, Eric Lavar Robinson, 40, of Bealeton, was wanted on an Arlington County capias and a Fauquier County criminal warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Robinson was also charged with felony escape, driving with a suspended license and driving without headlights. He was held without bond in the Culpeper County Jail.
Sheriff Jenkins released a statement: “We would like to remind criminals once again that resisting arrest unnecessarily endangers lives. Please just comply with law enforcement and have your day in court. Every night, these deputies protect our community and I cannot thank them enough for their courage, dedication and professionalism. They know they have the support of our great community, but when you see these men and women in uniform, please take a moment to say hello and remind them.