Stafford, VA

Stafford man charged for leading minibike police chase

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Gunther RaimondPhoto byStafford County Sheriff's Office

There’s the saying “young and dumb.” Apply it where you will. Perhaps here:

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 24-year-old on a minibike attempted to outrun a deputy in a law enforcement vehicle.

The incident reportedly occurred on Nov. 23 around 8:30 p.m. while Deputy A.T. Leckemby was driving on Garrisonville Rd. near Onville Rd.

According to the report, Leckemby saw a figure ahead that was moving quickly, but initially struggled to determine what it was because there were no lights on the object. The deputy turned on his emergency equipment and a person on a little red bike looked back at the officer and proceeded to accelerate, SCSO stated.

A pursuit ensued going from Garrisonville Rd. to Richmond Hwy. The bike rider attempted to cut through the parking lot of the Best Western at 2848 Richmond Hwy., but the effort failed because the rear tire went flat and the chain popped off the bike, SCSO reported.

By that time, Deputy B.E. Vaughn arrived on the scene, and helped Leckemby detain the suspect who turned out to be Gunther Raimund, a Stafford man.

According to SCSO, Raimund admitted he didn’t stop because he thought he “could get away with it.” When police searched him, they reportedly found controlled substances.
Police evidencePhoto byStafford County Sheriff's Office

As a result, Raimund is facing charges of eluding, possession of controlled substances, obstruction of justice, using an unauthorized motor vehicle on the highway, and inadequate tire tread.

Gunther was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a secured $5,000 bond. He has since been released.

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