Man allegedly tried to run over police officer in Culpeper

CULPEPER, VA (WWBT) - A Culpeper County man faces four felony charges, including assault on a police officer following a hit-and-run accident late Wednesday afternoon.

47 year old William Lee Menefee Jr. faces felony charges of assault on a police officer, driving under the influence, driving after being declared a habitual offender, and hit and run.

About 5 p.m. Menefee, driving a 1991 Ford pick-up truck allegedly ran into the rear of a 2008 Dodge van stopped in southbound traffic at the light on North Main Street at West Evans Street. The accident happened near the intersection of North Main Street and Williams Street.

At the same time Sgt. Wayne Hickman was assisting another officer on a disorderly person call on Williams Street.

"I heard this crash," said Hickman.

Menefee turned onto Williams Street where Hickman stood in the middle of the road holding up his hand and yelling at Menefee to stop. Hickman said the pick-up truck appeared to accelerate.

"I had to, at the last minute, jump out of the way," said Hickman.

The sergeant attempted to follow the truck but lost it on Old Rixeyville Road. However, a short time later the driver of the van who was following Menefee notified authorities that the pickup was on Hendrick Street. The truck turned into a gas station parking lot in the 400 block of James Madison Highway where Hickman blocked in the truck so it could not leave.

Deputies and other officers responded to assist Hickman.

Menefee is being held in the Culpeper County Jail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in general district court on Wednesday, May 26.

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