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Culpeper deputies pursue suspect who drives car into Lake Pelham; man is injured by police dog

September 17, 2012 12:10 am

Culpeper police dog helps apprehend man, sends him to hospital

A Remington man learned Saturday night that cars don't float well.

After chasing the man for several miles, Culpeper County Sheriff's deputies arrested 28-year-old Kenneth W. Stribling Jr. after he drove his 1994 Toyota off a boat ramp and into Lake Pelham just south of town.

Police said Stribling got out of his vehicle and fled on foot.

A tracking dog caught up with him in a swampy area where deputies made their arrest, according to Corey Byers, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

The chase began about 10 p.m. when Deputy David Durrough pulled in behind a vehicle at the 7-Eleven on James Monroe Highway. When Durrough approached the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away, nearly hitting several vehicles, Byers said.

Police said the vehicle turned onto Mountain Run Lake Road, turned onto Henretty Drive and slowed to allow a passenger to get out.

The driver then wound up with his vehicle submerged up to the grill at the end of the dead-end lane.

Deputies unsuccessfully searched for the passenger for about an hour.

Stribling, who was charged with reckless driving and eluding a law enforcement officer, was transported to Culpeper Regional Hospital for injuries inflicted by the tracking dog.

"This is another example of Deputy Durrough's aggressive interdiction work," Sheriff Scott Jenkins said Sunday. "We're fortunate to have Deputy Durrough and Deputy Myers here in Culpeper."

--Donnie Johnston

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