Stafford woman charged with assaulting deputy, DUI after brief pursuit

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STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — A Stafford woman was charged with assault on an officer and DUI after reportedly leading a brief pursuit following a traffic stop on Monday. 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a drunk driver who had driven over a median in the area of 320 Worth Avenue. A deputy arrived in the area and found a suspect vehicle with a  flat tire in the parking lot of an IHOP.  

Authorities made contact with the driver, identified as Andrea Grimes, who appeared to be disoriented with bloodshot eyes. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Grimes was slurring her speech and the deputy who responded detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the car and even saw a bottle of alcohol in Grimes’ purse. 

Grimes, 41, refused to cooperate or exit her vehicle. She eventually put the car in reverse and drove across Worth Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

The deputy went to his patrol vehicle and activated his emergency equipment as he followed the suspect. Grimes reportedly refused to stop and struck the deputy’s vehicle as he pulled up next to her. Grimes’ vehicle came to a stop after the collision, and she was detained. 

Grimes was taken to a nearby hospital where a warrant for blood was executed, the Sheriff’s Office said. As hospital staff attempted to draw blood, Grimes “kept flailing and grabbed a nurse and a deputy,” and used vulgar language.  

Grimes has been charged with vandalism, assault on a law enforcement officer, assault and battery, felony eluding, DUI, DUI refusal, obstruction of justice, drinking while driving, driving suspended, abusive language and expired registration. 

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