A man who is accused of eluding Stafford deputies after a lengthy chase Sunday morning is now in custody.

Britney Odell Bates, 34, of King George, is being held on multiples charges that include felony hit and run, felony eluding, felony destruction of property and identity theft. Stafford Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said Bates was apprehended by the Prince William County Police Department earlier this week.

Sunday’s incident began at 11:04 a.m., when Deputy Alexius Layug stopped him for driving at a high rate of speed on State Route 3 in southern Stafford, police said. Bates didn’t have a license, so he eventually handed the deputy the registration to his car.

While Layug was in his cruiser determining that the vehicle tags belonged to another vehicle, the suspect sped away. During the ensuing pursuit, police said he struck two vehicles and an orange work cone, ran multiple stop lights and stop signs and passed other motorists using both shoulders while heading north on Interstate 95.

State police took over the chase as it entered Prince William County, but gave up after losing sight of the fleeing vehicle.

A preliminary hearing for Bates is scheduled for March 13 in Stafford General District Court.

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