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Brandishing, police chase in Stafford lead to Woodbridge man’s arrest

© Leesburg Today - 10/23/2015

A 24-year-old Woodbridge man has been charged with brandishing a gun on Interstate 95 Friday afternoon, then leading Stafford County deputies on a chase into Spotsylvania, where he wrecked the car.

Brian Richardson is facing charges of brandishing a weapon, felony eluding police and possession of marijuana following the incident, which began with a 911 call around 12:40 p.m., said Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Kennedy.

A motorist reported that a fellow driver had brandished a handgun at him while on I-95 south near the Courthouse Road exit.

Deputies found the suspect's car on I-95 south about three miles away and tried to stop the driver, who appeared to be pulling over to the right shoulder, but then sped off, Kennedy said.

Stafford deputies and Virginia State Police pursued the driver, who had a female passenger in the car.

At times, the passenger appeared to be struggling with the driver.

""Richardson, while driving erratically, was also holding a gun to his head,"" Kennedy said.

The pursuit continued off I-95 south to State Route 3 west in Spotsylvania County, then onto Fall Hill Avenue and then onto River Road west bound.

""At the 5000 block of River Road law enforcement authorities attempted to force Richardson's car off the road but Richardson's car spun around, hit a tree, and then continued west bound on River Road. At the 6000 block of River Road Richardson's car hit a tree and stopped,"" Kennedy said.

Richardson and his passenger were taken to the hospital to be checked out. The passenger does not face any charges.

Authorities believe Richardson was brandishing a pellet gun, but they also found a .45-caliber handgun, stolen from Prince William County, in the car, along with marijuana, Kennedy said.

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