Bond has been denied for a Spotsylvania man who reportedly tried to outrun Stafford police on a bicycle.
Monday night, at about 9:43 p.m., Sergeant Demirci and Deputy Bolinsky were traveling on Truslow Road when a bicyclist caught their attention. The man, later identified as 28-year-old Alexander William Atkinson, was riding in the opposite direction of traffic with no lights, according to a statement from Stafford Sheriff’s Office.
Deeming the circumstances to be a “potential danger,” the officers attempted to stop Atkinson, but police say he started pedaling faster leading them on a pursuit. At one point, he allegedly tried to get them off his tail by cutting across some grass and riding around a house “in an attempt to flee.”
Deputy Bolinsky got out of his vehicle, according to the police statement, and caught up with Atkinson and managed to get the man off the bike. But Atkinson “was actively resisting, then attempted to flee on foot.”
By this time, a third officer, Deputy Sterne, had arrived on the scene. And “after a brief struggle,” the officers were able to take Atkinson into custody, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
In addition to finding that Atkinson was wanted in Spotsylvania, police also reported finding controlled substances in his possession, and it was determined that he was intoxicated.
Atkinson was charged with four counts of obstruction of justice, possession of controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia, public intoxication, and riding a bicycle without headlights or reflectors. Stafford Sheriff’s Office said he was also served with his outstanding warrant for felony probation violation.
Atkinson is currently being held in Rappahannock Regional Jail.