Local Police Chase Is Broadcasted LIVE
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Spotsylvania County, Virginia (where I reside) is being featured on On Patrol: Live, from December 2 through Feb 4, 2023. On Patrol: Live is on Reelz and if you don’t have cable, then it is available on Philo. Philo is a digital streaming service, for just $25 a month.
New episodes coming on Fridays and Saturdays.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department is being featured on On Patrol:Live which is available on Reelz. Last night’s episode had a police chase in Spotsylvania and the entire chase was featured live on TV. Normally there is a lengthy delay when showing some segments on the TV show, but last night’s chase was run either live or only with a 30-second delay, as not only could we hear the chase, but SMS announcements were coming out from the Police Departments involved. Once they had the suspect in cuffs, a message from the Fredericksburg City Police came out asking people to avoid the area, due to a large police presence.
Spotsylvania stole the show last night, with an epic police chase, that many are saying is one of the best chases that they have seen. It started when 1st Sgt Ray Pittman of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department spotted a pair of cars drag-racing down Rt 3/Plank Road. This is sadly a very common thing to see (and hear as we live less than a mile away) on that section of road. It started near the intersection of Plank Road and Cherry Road when Sgt Pittman got behind the two cars and turned on his blue lights. The two drivers (one was in a BMW xxx) acted as if they were going to stop as they turn onto Rutherford Drive. That is when the second car pulled over and the first car rolled the dice and decided that he could outrun the law (of course we know that the Deputy has his license tag – ‘P3ANUT’ information, as it was clearly displayed on the TV for the entire world to see.).
The car appears to have lost the deputy, that is until Sgt Pittman shows us what his modified Caprice is capable of. The county owns a few of the older cars, which the more senior deputies seem to prefer (for obvious reasons). The deputy does make a minor mistake on where he is currently at, but that is understandable and he does properly ask for other deputies to block roads ahead of the chase. The pair have reached speeds of over 75 mph in a residential neighborhood. They make a left turn onto Kennedy Lane (the Deputy misreports the road as Killarney Drive, but again at high speed like this, it is easy to do) and follow that back out to Plank Road, just a few hundred feet from where they exited Plank Road. Again heading East on Plank Road, reaching speeds in excess of 110 mph, as the deputy is nearly forced off the road by traffic near the Spotsylvania Village (Mall), then the driver takes a dangerous left into Central Park on Carl D. Silver Parkway all while the Deputy is calling the chase as well as providing other information such as road conditions and traffic volume.
This pursuit is taking place at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday, so traffic is moderate, as they cut through Central Park make a left onto Fall Hill Ave, and take that back up to Plank Road, making a right as they head West down Plank Road. At this point, the only police involved in this chase is still Sgt Pittman. He has called for backup as well as let the City of Fredericksburg know that he is in their jurisdiction. He finally saw another deputy at Plank Road and Salem Church Road, where they were hoping to lay out the spike strips, but they were too slow. They fly down Plank Road until they do a U-turn at Gordon Road. Both the driver and the Deputy miss near wrecks as they cross over Salem Church Road for the third time in this pursuit.
They catch a small brake with a successful deployment of stop sticks on the front driver’s wheel (they learn later why they were not as effective as expected as the driver has low-profile tires), as they pass Heatherstone Drive and continue down Plank Road until they turn right onto Spotsylvania Mall Drive, following that out to Bragg Road again. This time the driver narrowly misses a roadblock and is forced back down Plank Road west. At this point, the Deputy finally sees other police cars getting involved, running roadblocks and cross-traffic control. They turn right onto Heatherstone Drive which is a local shortcut through a neighborhood coming out at Bragg Road.
As they zig-zag through the neighborhood, Sgt Pittman got some relief as a unit following him, picked up calling the pursuit, allowing Sgt Pittman to focus on stopping this car. It was here when Sgt Pittman was able to pull alongside the driver of this car control the pursuit and force the driver to go where the Deputy wanted. As they make the cut through, they do come out at Bragg Road and head towards Central Park again. Much of the cross traffic is now stopped or controlled as they run down Bragg Road towards Central Park as the Deputy, shows off his muscle and flies past the BMW in an attempt to squeeze the car into a rolling roadblock. To avoid the rolling roadblock, the driver clips the back of the patrol car and passes on the right side at a high rate of speed. In an attempt to lose the police, he makes a sudden turn onto Carl D. Silver Blvd and nearly loses control as he realizes that his tire is flat. He takes a quick left turn into the shopping center across from Walmart and next to Krispy Kreme, cutting through towards Carrabba’s and back onto Bragg Road. But as if the deputy is connected to the BMW like glue, the driver hasn’t lost Sgt Pittman for a second.
Now they turn onto Gordon W. Shelton Blve, pass by Wegmans, and right onto Carl D. Silver Parkway, cutting off the traffic circle and left onto Haymarket Street and into the Silver Collection Apartments and left on Ashford Circle and right into the garage area of the apartment complex. His mistake was when he thought he could sneak past the units at the gate to exit the complex, however, the units rammed his driver’s side door area of the car. The was now mechanically unable to continue, as Sgt Pittman put the final nail in his coffin as he pushed the car making it spin out. As the driver bailed and the car continued to roll into a small tree the passenger quickly raised his hands, not knowing what to do. Ironically the deputy that chased him down in the foot chase was none other than Sgt Pittman, we missed the takedown by a second or two as the cameraman struggled to get around the cars and chase down the officers.
The chase lasted 16 minutes and covered over 16 miles of local roads with speeds of 110 mph. The passenger was actually what is considered being forced as he was part of the same car club and was heading with the driver of the car to a photo shoot.
The driver, Colby Michael Trowbridge (20 years old), was charged with:
LAW ENF COMMAND: DISREGARD OR ELUDE, ENDANGER
HIT & RUN: ATTENDED PROPERTY DAMAGE >$1000
ABDUCTION: BY FORCE, INTIMIDATION OR DECEPTION
RECK DR: GENERALLY, ENDANGER LIFE/LIMB/PROPERTY
LIC REVOKED: DR W/O LICENSE, 1 OFF
OBSTRUCT JUSTICE: W/O THREATS/FORCE
RECK DR: RACING
Eluding, abduction, and hit and run are all felony charges.
Social Media was a buzz with most congratulating Sgt Pittman and complimenting him on how good of a driver he is.
Below is a map of the chase as well as a turn-by-turn
Got behind him on Rt 3 East, hear Cherry
Turned down Rutherford Dr
On to Kennedy
On to RT 3 East
Left on to Carl D Silver Parkway
Left on to Fall Hill
Right on to Route 3 W (110 Mph)
U-Turn at Gordon Rt 3 E
Right on to Spotsylvania Mall Drive, following out to Bragg
Right on Bragg
Left-back onto Rt 3 (missed a roadblock car)
Right on to Heatherstone Dr.
Right onto Wilburn Dr
Left on to Dewberry Dr (another Deputy joins the chase)
Right on to Meekins Dr
Left on to Wills Way
Left on to Bragg
Right on to Carl D. Silver Parkway
Left into a parking lot, coming out by Carrabba’s
Right on to Fall Hill Ave
Let onto Gordon W. Shelton Blvd
Right on to Haymarket St
Into Silver Collection Apartments near Wegman’s