Grand jury indicts in eluding police, child pornography cases

In Rappahannock County District Court last Monday (Jan. 11) a grand jury returned indictments against two area men.

Rajesh Pramod Patil, 26, of Haymarket was indicted on eluding/disregarding police, a felony. The grand jury’s true bill added two additional direct indictments for misdemeanor charges against Patil: reckless driving endangering life, limb, or property; and reckless driving, speeding over 80 mph.

All charges are related to an Aug. 11, 2015, incident in which Patil led police on a high-speed chase from Culpeper County into Rappahannock, resulting in a serious accident. Patil with his passenger, Rachel C. Kieler, 21, seated behind him on his motorcycle, took off at a high rate of speed from the traffic light at Clevenger’s Corner in Culpeper County, heading west on U.S. 211. Virginia State Police Trooper S.J. Riddle attempted to pull them over, but the motorcycle sped away. Riddle chased them into Rappahannock County where they turned off the four-lane highway and headed down Old Mill Road near the Rappahannock Library.

On the curve just before Old Mill reaches Warren Avenue, Patil lost control. Both Patil and Kieler were seriously injured when they crashed and were thrown from the bike at the end of the 15-mile, high-speed chase. The bike and Patil wound up in a ditch alongside Warren; Kieler wound up about 20 feet away, atop the embankment. Both were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 24.

The grand jury also returned a true bill of indictment against Zachariah Gregory Wayland, 24, of Flint Hill for possessing child pornography. Wayland was indicted directly on two additional charges of possessing child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint filed by RCSO Deputy Shawn Walters, three pictures stored on electronic devices in Wayland’s possession were verified by the Internet Crimes Against Children database to be of “young females well under the age of 18” and most likely under the age of 16. Nearly 80,000 pornographic images were found on Wayland’s cell phone and thumb drives. His case was continued to Feb. 18 for further disposition.

District Court: drugs and alcohol

In Rappahannock District Court last Tuesday (Jan. 12) John Jason Dulaney Early, 36, of Culpeper was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of driving on a revoked permit and possession of marijuana. His case was continued to Feb. 9

Timothy Daniel Hadlock, 44, of Culpeper pleaded guilty to a first incidence of DWI. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (all suspended) and 12 months of supervised probation, and was ordered to complete VASAP, the state’s alcohol awareness and education program. His driver’s license was suspended for one year, but he may apply for a restricted license for certain limited uses. He also must have an ignition device installed on his vehicle.

Brian Jacob Taylor, 28, of Sperryville, pleaded guilty to a first incidence of DWI. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (all suspended) and 12 months of supervised probation, and was ordered to complete VASAP. His driver’s license was suspended for one year, but he may apply for a restricted license for certain limited uses. He also must have an ignition device installed on his vehicle.

Richard Brian Lowe Jr., 28, of Amissville was arraigned on charges of noncompliance with Adult Court Services. On March 10, 2015, he was sentenced for a variety of charges resulting from a Nov. 2014 traffic stop. Lowe’s sentence included 180 days in jail, 160 of which were suspended, for possession of a controlled substance. He was also fined $250 for the misdemeanor eluding police offense; fines for the other seven offenses, ranging from driving with a suspended or revoked license, speeding and operating an uninsured vehicle to driving with an open container of alcohol, totaled nearly $1,000. His case is continued to Feb. 2.

Robert Scott Smith, 29, of Luray was arraigned on a charge of DWI while driving under a revoked or suspended license. His case was continued to Feb. 2.

Brian Guy Tipton, 65, of Alexandria was arraigned on a charge of possession of marijuana. His case is continued to Feb. 9.

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