Police reported two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made over the last two weeks in Rappahannock County, including one that also involved concealed weapons and another that also involved possession of marijuana.
James Tolbert Effler Jr., 43, of Culpeper, was arrested by State Trooper B.R. Johnson Sunday about 6 p.m. on U.S. 211, about a mile from the Shenandoah National Park entrance, and charged with felony DUI (the felony charge involves prior convictions for driving under the influence), refusal to take a breath test and possession of a concealed firearm.
State Police spokesman Sgt. F. L. Tyler said Johnson was dispatched to investigate a dark-colored sedan parked in the westbound lane of the highway, with an apparently sleeping driver behind the wheel.
Johnson determined that Effler was intoxicated, Tyler said, and he and Rappahannock Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Jenkins and Deputy Robert Fincham, who arrived to assist, also discovered that Effler carried two firearms. They were able to disarm him after what was described as several brief, tense moments. The Sheriff’s Office said Effler worked as a corrections officer in Culpeper; this could not be confirmed.
Effler was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for a hearing March 2.
Arrested and charged with driving under the influence just before 9 a.m. Feb. 13 near Massies Corner, John Miles Baumgardner Jr., 27, of Washington, was also charged with driving on a revoked license and possession of marijuana. He was arrested, Sheriff Connie Smith said, after deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident near 13320 Lee Hwy. He was released pending a March 9 hearing.