Culpeper man leads Fauquier deputies on wild Friday chase

A Culpeper man feigned pulling over and proceeded to lead Fauquier deputies on a hot pursuit Friday evening, said Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Sheriffs’ Office.

Around 5:30 p.m., Master Deputy Jonathan Waddell was patrolling the area near Frost Avenue in Warrenton.

He spotted a 1998 GMC Sierra truck heading east on 211 into Warrenton and recognized it from a lookout for a stolen car Culpeper Police issued earlier that day.

Waddell identified the driver, Juan Miguel Sanchez, 34, of Culpeper as the man mentioned in the report.

He then tried to pull Sanchez over in the area of the Wawa on Shirley Avenue.

Sanchez at first looked to be compliant, as he pulled into the Wawa’s parking lot.

But he didn’t stop, driving through the parking lot and turning onto West Shirley heading south, Hartman said.

Waddell continued in pursuit as Sanchez turned the truck down Springs Road.

At this point, several deputies joined in on the chase.

The chase came to an abrupt end when Sanchez tried to pass a deputy who was boxing him in from the opposite lane of the two-lane, undivided highway.

Sanchez swerved and over-corrected several times before running off the road to the left.

He ran into a telephone pole and through a fence before coming to rest in an embankment.

When deputies got to Sanchez, he was unconscious. He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He was later charged with Felony DUI, felony eluding police, and felony driving on a revoked license related to DUI.

No deputies were hurt during the chase, Hartman said.