Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office arrested two this week for eluding.
At about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Deputy Charles Burgoon initiated a traffic stop for defective equipment on a white minivan on northbound James Madison Highway at Brandy Road. When the vehicle stopped, the driver- later identified as Johnathan B. Shellington, 27, of Catlett- fled from the vehicle and into a field. Deputy Jonathan Kerns, K9 Karma, and Corporal Charles Wheeler responded to assist in searching for Shellington. Culpeper Police Department assisted by setting up a perimeter. CCSO units tracked Shellington through a briar patch and across a creek and located him under a school bus in a VDOT storage lot about a quarter-mile from the minivan. Burgoon arrested Shellington for eluding and found him to be wanted by Fauquier County for three probation violations on original robbery, breaking and entering, and malicious wounding charges. Shellington is held without bond at Culpeper County Jail.
A passenger, Tina M. Shellington, 30, of Catlett, was arrested for obstruction of justice for providing false information to law enforcement about Mr. Shellington’s identity. She was released from Culpeper County Jail with a $1500 secured bond.
At about 8:44 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Deputy Joshua Haught initiated a traffic stop for defective equipment on a green and silver Dodge pickup on northbound James Madison Highway, about 0.5 mile north of Braggs Corner Road. The vehicle continued in the right lane at about 40 mph, and Haught called a pursuit at Brandy Road. The vehicle accelerated to about 80 mph, passing vehicles in the left lane, into Fauquier County, and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit. The vehicle turned on Route 28, came back into Bealeton, and pulled into a long driveway on Collins Lane, where the driver- later identified as Rodney D. Leavell, 29, of Culpeper- fled from the vehicle. Fauquier deputies apprehended Leavell as he tried to run into a bar. He was transported to Culpeper magistrate’s office and held without bond at Culpeper County Jail on Haught’s driving revoked and Felony eluding charges, Fauquier County’s Felony and misdemeanor eluding and driving revoked warrants, and an outstanding CPD probation violation warrant for an original DUI charge.