What might have been a speeding ticket turned into six serious charges last week for a Bealeton man traveling in Centreville. According to Fairfax County police, Raleigh Lee Gregory, 39, drove on the shoulder of Route 28 south "at high speed," last Thursday, April 29, around 5 p.m., near Braddock Road.
A police officer from the Sully District Station tried to conduct a traffic stop of Gregory but, say police, the man allegedly sped off and attempted to turn onto Braddock, "causing a five-car crash resulting in injury." Police say he then "bailed out of his car" and reportedly tried to run away, but additional officers arrived and took him into custody.
Police charged Gregory, of 11009 Blake Lane in Bealeton, with felony hit-and-run, felony speeding to elude, felony operating a vehicle by a habitual offender, felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and reckless driving.
Police had no information about the other cars involved or the people in them, but they did report that one man was injured in the accident and treated at Fair Oaks Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Gregory was released from jail Friday on $11,000 bond and has a June 14 court date.
<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs