Charges announced following high speed chase ending in Warren County

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

The Virginia State Police announced charges stemming from the high speed chase Saturday, February 3rd.

Scott A. Parsons, 34, of Pennsylvania was charged with one count of eluding law enforcement, tampering with a vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, speeding, and driving without a valid license.

Parsons was also wanted in Shenandoah County on multiple felony warrants.

The pursuit was initiated by Winchester Police and traveled south on interstate 81 from mile marker 312 until the Volkswagen Jetta took exit 302 into Middletown.

The vehicle hit a pole in a convenience store parking lot then continued to Reliance Road into Warren County.

Parsons reached speeds of up to 125 mph during the pursuit before running off the road on the 2800 block of Guard Hill Road.

He fled on foot before being apprehended with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for minor injuries then transported to RSW Regional Jail where he is held without bond.

A female passenger was detained and released without any charges.

No citizens or law enforcement were injured in the pursuit.

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Frederick county sheriff’s office issues warning

The Frederick County Sheriff Office is warning citizens about speeding after citing a 16-year-old driver for reckless driving.

The young driver was traveling 96 mph on a county road, not
interstate.

While speeding is often considered a victimless crime, there can be serious consequences.

Speed related crashes cause property damage, personal injury or death and it doesn’t have to a high rate of speed.

Bottom line is:

  •  Anything 20 mph over a posted speed limit, or over 85 mph, can be considered Reckless Driving by Speed.
  • Reckless Driving in Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor that carries possible jail time.
  • A driver convicted in Frederick County for a reckless speed above 100 mph will most likely be given the chance to reflect upon their poor choices from inside the Northwestern Regional Adult
    Detention Facility

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VSP and VDOT help keep roadways safe Labor Day weekend

Virginia State Police and VDOT are reminding Virginians planning one last summer getaway to share the road responsibly by buckling up and driving sober this holiday weekend.

The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement and education campaign sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program continues through Tuesday.

During last year’s Labor Day weekend, Virginia State Police arrested 87 drunk drivers, over 4,000 speeders and 1,800 reckless drivers.

A total of 12 individuals died in traffic related crashes over the four day weekend in 2022.

VDOT will attempt to help ease holiday traffic by lifting lane closures and suspending most highway work from Friday at noon until noon on Tuesday.

For up to date traffic information, head to 511Virginia.org or check out the free VA 511 app.

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Winchester man apprehended after running from police

Thursday around 5:30 pm, Virginia State Police (VSP) reports by email that they conducted a speeding traffic stop at the intersection of Route 50 and Iron Rail Lane in Clarke County.

The trooper clocked the 2003 Ford Expedition at 77 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

The trooper spoke to the driver, Wilson E. Buckingham Jr., 34,  of Winchester, and returned to his cruiser to check on the driver’s credentials when Buckingham fled on foot.

On Friday at approximately 4:20 pm, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office confirm that Buckingham was apprehended without incident along Route 340 in the Town of Boyce.

Buckingham was wanted in multiple jurisdictions.

A female passenger was detained during the initial incident but has been released. 

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FCSO steps up patrols at Back Mountain Road

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is stepping up patrols of the Back Mountain Road area.

The road is consistently in the top five of area roads in crashes, aggressive driving and speeding.

In the course of an hour and a half on a random weekday recently, six speeding tickets, three summons and an arrest were made.

Including a summons involving a bus being passed on a double yellow line.

The FCSO is investigating options with VDOT and Frederick County Transportation to address the situation.

In the meantime the Traffic Division will be stepping up patrols to help improve safety on that stretch of road.

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