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Alleged drunk driver prompted Huguenot Road police shooting

Posted at 11:08 AM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 18:48:02-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The driver fired upon by Chesterfield Police during a weekend traffic stop appeared via video conference in Chesterfield County General District Court Monday.

Jonathon A. Deaton, 43, of Guilford Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated – second offense, refusal of blood/breath test – second offense, and felony eluding police in relation to this incident, according to police.

Deaton was given a $5,000 secure bond. While out on bond, he was ordered to remain drug and alcohol free.

Jonathon A. Deaton (PHOTO: Chesterfield Police)

Jonathon A. Deaton (PHOTO: Chesterfield Police)

The incident began when police attempted to pull Deaton over for driving erratically Sunday, at about 4:40 p.m.,  on West Huguenot Road, near Polo Parkway.

Sam Mahfouz saw the beginnings of the chase in the Greenfield neighborhood, just off Robious Rd.  Mahfouz was outside with his father-in-law when he was a truck traveling at a slow rate of speed, weaving all over the road, and followed closely by Chesterfield police officers.

"My father-in-law told, 'Stay away from the road!'" said Mahfouz.  "The way he was driving.  It [looked like] someone that couldn't stay straight."

Police said officers eventually followed Deaton out of the neighborhood and onto Huguenot Rd.

"When the vehicle failed to stop, a brief vehicle pursuit ensued," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. "A short time later the vehicle stopped and a confrontation with the driver occurred. During the confrontation, the officer discharged their weapon. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene resulting in a second pursuit."

"I heard six shots, literally five minutes later," said Mahfouz, who was still outside at that point in the pursuit.

Chesterfield Police

Police caught back up with Deaton when he crashed his car on a dead-end street near the Richmond-Chesterfield County line.  Neighbors confirm the vehicle was found in the Oxford neighborhood just off Huguenot Road.

Deaton was not seriously hurt in the crash.

No police officers were hurt in the pursuit.

Deaton is due back in court June 17.

This is not the first time Deaton has gotten in trouble for allegedly driving while under the influence.  He was convicted of DWI and obstruction of justice in 2015, according to court records.  Records show Deaton was fined and had his license restricted for 12 months.

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