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Suspected Va. drunk driver leads police on 3 county chase

Friday - 4/22/2011, 6:52am  ET

WASHINGTON - A Rappahannock County man has been arrested after leading Virginia State Police on a high speed chase Thursday.

Austin A. Griffith, 31, of Amissville was pulled over by Virginia State Police for erratic driving on westbound Interstate 66 near Route 29 in Centreville around 8:30 p.m. As an officer approached the pickup truck, Griffith sped away.

At one point during the chase, Griffith crossed into the eastbound lanes of I-66 before swerving back onto the westbound lanes and continuing onto Route 29.

The truck was eventually stopped just before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Route 29 and County Road 600 in Fauquier County after running over road spikes placed in the road by police. Griffith was apprehended within minutes after fleeing the vehicle on foot.

Griffith has been charged with DUI, driving on a revoked license, a felony count of eluding police and multiple drug possession and paraphernalia charges. He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Prince William County Police and Fauquier County Sheriff's Office assisted state police in apprehending and arresting Griffith.

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