FCSO reports apprehension of subject using high tech devices

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office report the apprehension of a fugitive using high tech drone devices.

A Fauquier County Deputy observed a driver of a Nissan pass another vehicle over a solid double-yellow line on Route 28 in the early morning hours of June 3.

When the deputy attempted to stop the Nissan, the driver sped away accelerating to at least 100 miles per hour.

The chase continued down Catlett Road hitting speeds of anywhere from 90 to 125 miles per hour at times.

The driver continued to drive erratically passing vehicles in the opposite lane of travel.

The driver took the Nissan through the intersection at Station Drive where he passed a tractor trailer and ran the red-light at Marsh Road.

Fortunately, another deputy had been placed at the intersection and was able to shut down on coming cross traffic.

The driver finally crashed at the intersection of James Madison Highway Route 29.

The driver exited the Nissan and attempted to flee on foot into an area around commercial buildings.

Additional deputies were on the scene almost immediately.

Authorities deployed drones and were able to locate the subject hiding in the woods using thermal imaging.

Thermal imaging footage by drone is found here.

The driver was identified as 18-year-old Javon Saunders of Chantilly in Loudoun County.

The subject was previously wanted in Loudoun County for eluding.

Deputies investigating Saunders’s wrecked Nissan found a Glock handgun in the driver’s side floorboard.

Saunders is currently in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center facing several charges.

Those charges include felony eluding, having a concealed weapon, driving without a license, reckless driving among other charges with some pending.

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