Man arrested after Stafford Co. chase, accused of impersonating FBI agent

A man was arrested in Stafford County, Virginia, Sunday night and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after he allegedly flashed a badge and gun at a work crew who asked him to move his car.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the crew had asked 49-year-old Nicholas Rudolph of no fixed address to move his SUV from a parking lot at the Stafford Market Place at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday so they could work on the lot.

Instead, the sheriff’s office said, Rudolph flashed a gun and a badge.

The crew called 911, and when deputies approached the car, Rudolph allegedly drove off.

Deputies chased Rudolph from the marketplace onto Garrisonville Road, U.S. Route 1 and then onto I-95 in a chase that reached 88 mph, the sheriff’s office said, adding that Rudolph allegedly continued to flash an FBI badge. They stopped him after about a 2-mile chase that ended near the Prince William County line.

Rudolph surrendered without further incident. A BB gun was found on him, authorities said, and assorted fake FBI credentials were found in the car. He’s been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, brandishing, obstruction, reckless driving and eluding, and is being held without bond.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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