Two Fauquier sheriff's deputies were injured during a chase that started with a traffic stop in Opal on Friday morning.
According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the incident began 11 a.m. when Deputy First Class Patty Zavaleta stopped a gray Ford Taurus on James Madison Highway near the McDonald's in Opal.
Due to suspicious circumstances during the initial encounter with the driver, Zavaleta requested backup, and Sgt. Darrell Shores arrived to help.
While investigating the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, Lorne Michael Pollard, 38, of Culpeper, Pollard tried to flee on foot. Shores and Zavaleta gave chase through the parking lot to the rear of the business. Pollard fell and got back up several times during the chase, according to the Facebook post.
Shores suffered a dislocated shoulder and Zavaleta sustained a sprained ankle.
Pollard dove into a water retention pond behind the McDonald's to evade the deputies. Shores and Zavaleta reached him and held him until more deputies arrived to take him into custody. Ambulances took Zavaleta and Shores to the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department.
Deputies charged Pollard with driving with a revoked license and expired Virginia registration, and with eluding law enforcement.
“This incident is another example that nothing about police work is routine," said Fauquier Sheriff Bob Mosier. "These two deputies were engaged in traffic safety efforts and were doing their jobs. This instance shows how dangerous this work can be and how things in police work can change in an instant.”
Sheriff Mosier added that Sgt. Shores was in good spirits and DFC Zavaleta was hoping to report back to duty before the end of her shift.
Sgt. Darrell Shores is a 14-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and supervises a patrol shift. Deputy First Class Patty Zavaleta has been with the Sheriff’s Office for five years after completing service in the United States Marine Corps.
Sgt. Darrell Shores