The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who eluded deputies following a wild and lengthy chase Sunday morning during which a police cruiser and another vehicle were struck.

Britney Bates, 34, of King George is charged with multiple offenses, including felony eluding, felony hit and run, felony destruction of property and reckless driving. No injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said the incident started at 11:04 a.m. when Deputy Alexius Layug saw a red two-door vehicle heading west on State Route 3 at a high rate of speed in southern Stafford.

Layug stopped the vehicle in the area of Kings Highway and Little Street and asked for a driver’s license. The driver told him he didn’t have one and eventually handed over his registration after repeated requests, Vicinanzo said.

The deputy returned to his cruiser to run the tags and learned that they belonged to a different vehicle. The suspect then sped off at a high rate of speed.

Layug followed the suspect on Route 3 and called for backup, Vicinanzo said. The suspect abruptly changed lanes several times and struck an orange barrel in a work zone.

He then went through a red light at the Blue and Gray Parkway’s intersection with Route 3, then ran another one at the intersection of Butler and Chatham Heights Road. Vicinanzo said the driver went over double yellow lines to pass a vehicle before turning onto Colonial Avenue and Forbes Street.

While attempted to turn onto U.S. 1, the suspect ran a stop sign and hit the rear end of a vehicle traveling on Route 1, she said.

The chase continued south on Route 1 to U.S. 17 before entering Interstate 95 north. The suspect used both shoulders to pass vehicles on the interstate, Vicinanzo said.

The suspect left the interstate at the Garrisonville Road exit. He was heading west when he spun around and was facing Layug’s vehicle; he struck the front of Layug’s cruiser before turning left onto U.S. 1 north and then left back onto I–95 north.

Stafford deputies continued the pursuit into Prince William County, where state police took over. The pursuit ended after police lost sight of the fleeing vehicle.

Layug obtained warrants for Bates after identifying him from a DMV photo. He also determined that Bates is the registered owner of the fleeing vehicle, Vicinanzo said.

Anyone with information about Bates’ whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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