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Fauquier deputy injured during high-speed chase of Culpeper man

Thursday, Apr. 11 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
A Fauquier County sheriff's deputy was injured Monday night after a car chase across the Culpeper county line led to a collision in an Amissville neighborhood.

The incident started Monday at 9:55 p.m. when Deputy John Thorpe tried to stop a tan 1998 GMC pick-up truck for defective equipment in Warrenton near Hospital Drive. The truck eventually stopped at the entrance to Warrenton Overlook Health & Rehabilitation Center.

The driver, Billy Rae Beasley, 41, of Amissville, allegedly possessed and was using illegal narcotics, according to Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

Beasley spoke to Thorpe and then put the truck into drive, going over a steep embankment onto West Shirley Avenue, driving down the road at high speeds and ignoring traffic signals.

The pursuit continued to James Madison Highway south of the Opal intersection, until the truck took an abrupt right turn, driving through the McDonald's parking lot and onto Opal Road.

Deputies followed Beasley down Opal Road onto Springs Road and into Culpeper County.

"During this time the truck was driving extremely recklessly, crossing into the oncoming lane and driving off the roadway at high speeds," Hartman said.

The truck entered the Quail Ridge subdivision in Culpeper County, where Culpeper deputies joined the pursuit.

The truck drove into a cul-de-sac and tried to turn around, when it crashed into two Fauquier cruisers, drove into a yard and stopped.

The crash injured Fauquier Deputy Steve McCormack, who was treated for injuries at Fauquier Hospital and released. He is expected to return to full duty in the next few
days, Hartman said.

Deputies arrested Beasley. An ambulance took him to Fauquier Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Beasley is being charged with felony eluding, driving under the influence, assault and battery, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and possession of a Schedule II narcotic. He was held in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center with no bond.

Beasley may face more charges from Virginia State Police and Culpeper deputies Hartman said, because the pursuit crossed county lines.
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