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Culpeper Sheriff’s Office Increases DUI Enforcement

dui (free clip art)

dui (free clip art)

Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

The holiday season is here, and as Culpeper residents prepare for Christmas and New Year’s festivities with family and friends, Sheriff Scott Jenkins reminds travelers to designate a sober driver when their holiday activities include drinking alcohol.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is increasing DUI enforcement activity with additional deputies patrolling the roads, sobriety checkpoints, and saturation patrols up to the New Year. CCSO uses DMV grant funds for the extra manpower. The funds are federal flow-through funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be used for overtime for traffic enforcement, some of which will be used this holiday season.

NHTSA reported 830 people killed in December 2012 in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher; 26 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving, but on Christmas Day 2012, the percentage jumped to 36. In the 2012 holiday season, 40% of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record.

Sheriff Jenkins has a few helpful tips for holiday drivers:

– Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk- or worse, the risk of having a crash.

– If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

– If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

In summary, it’s a choice: are you drinking or are you driving?

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office tripled its DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013 compared to the two previous years.

Donnell Easter Arrested

Donell D Easter Jr

Donell D Easter Jr


Press release by Culpeper Sheriff’s Department:

Donell D. Easter, the fifth suspect in the fatal stabbing of Corey D. Clanagan, was arrested December 5, 2014.

Culpeper County detectives, assisted by Spotsylvania detectives and U.S. Marshals, contacted family members, friends, girlfriends, and known gang associates of Easter throughout the day. At about 5:00 PM, Easter reported to the Spotsylvania County magistrate’s office to turn himself in for the outstanding warrant for Felony murder/lynching by mob.

Easter is held without bond at Culpeper County Jail.

Shooting in Culpeper Leaves One Dead, One Injured. Culpeper Sheriff Asks for Public’s Assistance

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff's Office)

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office)

Press release by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday morning (November 2, 2014) in the 11000 block of Cherry Hill Road.

Dispatchers received the call for shots fired at about 12:02 AM November 2, 2014. The first units to arrive found two victims of apparent gunshot wounds: Corey D. Clanagan, 19, of Culpeper, deceased at the scene, and Connor A. Settle, 21, of Front Royal, who was transported to Culpeper Regional Hospital. Clanagan and Settle were attending a party at 11009 Cherry Hill Road hosted by one of the residents, Tori Bayne, 21. Approximately 24 attendees remained at the scene, with about 100 fleeing after the shooting.

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff's Office)

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office)

Units from the Sheriff’s Office are on the scene at this time, and investigators are interviewing witnesses. A Sheriff’s K9 unit located a firearm near the scene.

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff's Office)

Scene of Shooting at Cherry Hill Road Residence (photo credit Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Scott Jenkins is requesting the public’s assistance for any information that may lead to identification of those responsible for this crime. Information can be provided anonymously through Culpeper Crime Solvers number at 540-727-0300540-727-0300. The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at 540-727-7523540-727-7523 or through the E-911 center at 540-727-7900540-727-7900.

Jeffersonton Resident Involved In Automobile Accident on Rixeyville Road, Charged with Possession of Marijuana

Volkswagon driven by Mark R. Mederos

Volkswagon driven by Mark R. Mederos

Press release from Culpeper Sheriff’s Department:

At about 12:23 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an auto accident with injuries in the 8500 block of Rixeyville Road. Deputy Scott Yeiser was the first to arrive and investigated the accident, which left a Volkswagen sedan in the middle of the road and a GMC pickup in a ditch off the northbound side.

GMC pickup driven by Stuart A Dodson

GMC pickup driven by Stuart A Dodson

Yeiser found that Mark R. Mederos, 21, of Amissville, ran off the road, then overcorrected, causing the sedan he was driving to overturn multiple times before stopping in the middle of the road. Mederos got out of the vehicle with a head wound. The driver of the pickup, Stuart A. Dodson, 26, of Jeffersonton, was heading northbound on 229 and struck the Volkswagen. Yeiser inspected the damage to both vehicles before they were towed and saw a marijuana grinder in the passenger compartment of the GMC.

Dodson was charged with possession of marijuana. Mederos was treated at Fauquier Hospital and charged with reckless driving. Both were released on a summons.

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