Car trouble in Stafford leads to arrest of wanted Maryland man

Car trouble in Stafford led to the arrest of a man wanted in Maryland.

On Thursday, April 11, First Sergeant N. Zotos was heading south on Richmond Highway near Layhill Rd. when, at around 5:45 a.m., he reportedly saw a car that was leaking fluid.

Since the car was disabled in one of the lanes of Richmond Rd., Zotos was concerned about the possibility of an accident and approached the driver, SCSO reported.

During that interaction, Zotos “discovered additional troubles” and Deputy C.S. Harding was called to the scene.

One issue was the vehicle, which was a white Acura, had tags registered to a red Lexus. And those tags had been expired since 2022, SCSO stated.

Police discovered that the man experiencing the car trouble was 33-year-old Jose Adrian Santana of Maryland, and he was wanted in his home state for first degree assault, second degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

When Stafford officers searched Santana, they reportedly found suspected controlled substances on him. They also found a gun “concealed” in the car, SCSO reported.

Santana was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of Schedule IV drugs, having a fictitious registration, an open title, and expired inspection. He is also charged with being fugitive from justice with court records listing the offense date as June 2021.

He is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

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