Waynesboro Man Arrested, Faces Slew of Traffic Charges
William “Billy” Patrick
City of Waynesboro Police Department Press Release
The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man on a host of traffic charges after he was observed driving on a suspended license on three separate occasions, in three separate locations, by three separate officers in the same vehicle during a seven hour period.
In two of the police interactions, he fled. On the first occasion, he was in the vehicle; on the second occasion, he fled on foot. William “Billy” Patrick, 33 years old, has been charged with eleven charges including one felony, six misdemeanors and four traffic infractions.
On October 29 at 12:43 PM, an officer issued Patrick two traffic summonses, misdemeanor driving on suspended and having expired vehicle registration, after he stopped him near West Broad Street & N Poplar Ave for erratic driving in his 1999 Chrysler Town & Country van.
At 6:00 PM, an officer was on a call for service in the 1700 block of A Street when Patrick was driving by playing loud music in violation of the city’s noise ordinance. The officer summoned Patrick to stop, which he did. When Patrick told the officer he didn’t have a license, he sped away after the officer told him to pull his vehicle to the side of the road. Patrick fled into Augusta County on Calf Mountain Road. The officer followed him briefly then ceased the pursuit. At the time of his eventual arrest, Patrick claimed to be going over 100 MPH when he fled.
This incident led to a felony eluding; misdemeanor driving on suspended; misdemeanor violation of the noise ordinance; misdemeanor operating an uninsured vehicle; and two traffic infractions, having expired vehicle registration and driving without a seat belt.
At 7:20 PM, an officer responded to the area of N Delphine Ave and Shenandoah Ave to investigate a domestic disturbance. When he approached the area, he observed the Chrysler mini-van speeding away. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but it accelerated. When he reached a dead end on Hamlet Ave, Patrick stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.
This incident resulted in two misdemeanor charges, misdemeanor eluding and driving on a suspended license; and one traffic infraction, having expired vehicle registration.
On the morning of October 30, officers searched for Patrick at several apartments on 4th Street in an attempt to arrest him on the numerous charges, but were unsuccessful. At approximately 10:00 AM, a visibly tired and out of breath Patrick surrendered himself at the police department.
He is being held on a $5000 bond at Middle River Regional Jail.
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