Chase leads to 11 charges for 20-year-old

A 20-year-old from Rixeyville remains in Rappahannock County Jail today, facing 11 felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly chased another vehicle and tried to run it into a ditch on  Richmond Road in Amissville Saturday night (March 23).

Walter William Taylor
Walter William Taylor

Walter William “Bucky” Taylor was arrested by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Ubben, whose investigation led him to charge Taylor with: brandishing a firearm, three counts of felony child abuse and neglect, one count of felony destruction of property, one count of felony hit-and-run, three counts of assault, and one count each of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

In documents filed at the district court, police say that Taylor, accompanied in a Ford F-150 pickup by three juveniles, chased a vehicle driven by Joseph Wenk Jr., after Wenk arrived at a home on Richmond Road to pick up two 17-year-old female friends. Police said Taylor, with his companions, also verbally threatened Wenk before the two girls got in his vehicle.

Wenk told investigators, according to the documents, that Taylor then pulled alongside his vehicle in a no-passing zone and swerved twice to smash into its side, almost causing Wenk to lose control, and doing more than $1,000 in damage.

Ubben’s subsequent investigation led to additional charges that Taylor and two juvenile males had, two nights earlier, burst into the bedroom of a 13-year-old male and that, brandishing a rifle, Taylor threatened to shoot the youth.

Taylor, who is being held without bond on the firearm charge, is scheduled to appear in Rappahannock County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court March 28 and General District Court April 2.

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