Richmond police officer charged with felony for eluding police

Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 at 5:34 PM EST
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FLUVANNA, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond police officer finds himself on the other side of the law, facing a felony charge in Fluvanna County.

Richmond Police Officer Travis Dooley is facing charges for eluding police and speeding in excess of 80 miles an hour, a misdemeanor.

The Fluvanna Sheriff's Office says early Sunday morning on Jan. 7, a Fluvanna deputy attempted to pull over Dooley on South Boston Road. Detectives say Dooley would not stop, leading the deputy on a brief pursuit. It was enough for Dooley to be arrested.

The Fluvanna Sheriff's Office says a mug shot was not taken because of technical difficulties with the booking camera.

Fluvanna investigators say there have been multiple domestic-related calls for service from Dooley's home in recent months. Deputies responded to the residence on two occasions, in which Dooley was the complainant. Dooley also filed a domestic-related emergency protective order earlier this month.

Dooley made headlines last month, after he helped nab two suspects which he pursued in a car chase, while on duty. The suspects opened fire at him with an assault rife. Dooley returned fire, striking one of the men, a murder suspect, in the leg.

He's been on paid administrative leave since, pending the use-of-force investigation, which is standard anytime an officer opens fire.

Dooley's next court date is Jan. 16. If he is convicted, that could impact his certification as a police officer.

Richmond Police say Officer Dooley was hired by the department on Jan. 13, 2014. He was placed on leave without pay on Jan. 8, 2018.

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