Crime and Courts for Feb. 17

High-speed, short-lived chase through Woodville

A Castleton man on a motorcycle was charged with eluding police last Friday evening (Feb. 11) – after a brief high-speed chase from Sperryville south on U.S. 522 through Woodville, where authorities said the man gave up and pulled over.

Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Walters, on a traffic detail aimed at reducing speeding through the village of Sperryville, chased 38-year-old Bryce Alger at about 6 p.m. Friday after Alger failed to stop at Walters’ direction, Sheriff’s Capt. J.C. Welch said.

About five miles down the highway, just south of Woodville, Welch said Alger slowed and stopped, and was arrested and charged with the felony eluding offense. Alger faces additional charges of having no motorcycle operator’s license and failing to have a motorcycle inspected.

Recycled beams lead to Sperryville pair’s arrest

Two men from Sperryville have been arrested by the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and charged with grand theft in the disappearance of metal beams.

Scott C. McMurtray, 44, was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond. John M. Goldberg, 42, was released on a $5,000 secured bond. Both were arrested Feb. 4 after the owner of a Culpeper County lot found his missing beams at a recycling center and called police. The beams, valued at more than $200, were reported missing on Jan. 31.

The Culpeper sheriff’s office traced the two men charged through the identification they had to show when they sold the beams to the recycling center, said Sgt. Jim Fox.

DUI near Gid Brown

Robert Wayne Franklin, 60, of Sperryville, faces DUI charges after a traffic stop on U.S. 211 near Gid Brown Hollow Road by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Jenkins around 4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 12).

District Court

Ian Teter Edwards 22, of Warrenton, was convicted of driving with a revoked license, his third offense in 10 years, in Rappahannock County District Court Feb. 8. Judge Charles B. Foley fined him $150 and sentenced him to six months in jail, suspending all but 10 days.

In the same District Court session, Bruce Lee Geisert, 51, of Amissville was convicted of entering a property to cause damage and sentenced to 12 months in jail. Foley suspended all but four days of the sentence, put Geisert on supervised probation for a year and ordered him not to go on the property of James Benkelman and Jessica Shillingberg.

Casey Robison Smith, 20, of Front Royal, was found guilty of driving with a revoked license, his third offense in 10 years, and was fined $150 and sentenced to 12 months in jail, eight months of which were suspended. For other charges stemming from the same traffic stop, Smith was fined $100 for operating an uninsured vehicle and $50 for improper registration.— Roger L. Foster and James Ivancic

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