STAFFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A man suspected of impaired driving crashed while being pursued by officers near Rappahannock Regional Jail, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the Fredericksburg Police Department has issued an alert to keep an eye out for a drive-by attack suspect in a gray Acura with Pennsylvania stickers. The suspect is Tyreke Ellis, 30, of Stafford, who is believed to be intoxicated and armed.
Shortly after hearing the siren, two deputies spotted Ellis heading north on Highway 1 and noticed he was not wearing a seatbelt, had a cell phone in his hand and was showing signs of drunk driving.
Delegates tried to stop Ellis, but he made a sudden U-turn and was heading south on Highway 1 at over 80 miles an hour. Ellis crossed the double yellow line and passed several other cars on the road. He approached Rappahannock Regional Jail where he lost control of his car and crashed into a southbound SUV causing him to flip over several times. The driver of the SUV was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.
The impact of the accident sent Ellis’ car off the road and into a ditch. Ellis got out of the car and still refused to surrender, but was detained by deputies at the scene. Ellis was tested in a hospital before being taken to Rappahannock Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Ellis was charged with criminal escape from police, drunk driving, driving without a license, overtaking, driving without a seatbelt and driving with a cell phone. He also received a warrant from Fredericksburg for assault, domestic assault, and vandalism.