Stolen Car Recovered After Sterling Chase

A McLean man faces multiple charges after a police chase in Sterling early on New Year’s Day.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, at 4 a.m. a deputy located a vehicle that had been reported stolen after it was left running and unattended in the driveway of a South Culpeper Road home. As the deputy initiated a traffic stop on Sterling Boulevard, the driver of the car accelerated and turned eastbound onto Rt. 7 and then into the Community Plaza where stop-sticks were deployed. The vehicle became disabled and crashed into a deputy’s patrol car. The cruiser received minor damage.

The suspect, Mitchell G. Brandt, 21, was taken into custody after a brief struggle and charged with auto theft, assault on law enforcement, obstruction of justice, eluding, DUI and possession of narcotics. He was released on a $15,000 bond. He is scheduled for a March 3 hearing in Loudoun County District Court.

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