Man to be sentenced for police chase charges

Jeremy Lee Rippeon

WINCHESTER – A Stephenson man pleaded guilty on Friday to a list of charges stemming from nighttime police chase out of Stephens City in February.

Jeremy Lee Rippeon, 33, was charged with two counts of felony destruction of property, two counts of felony eluding police and assault on law enforcement.

Court documents say that at around 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Stephens City Police Sgt. Ron Fox Jr. responded to a possible domestic call at a residence on Bridle Court but learned that the suspect had left. He identified and drove up behind the suspect’s Ford truck, and once turning on his lights and sirens, the truck then sped up to 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The chase ran to Springdale Road, where Fox then reported the vehicle struck a Verizon telephone pole. The truck then got back on the road and continued on back roads.

Another report from a Virginia State Police trooper stated that while driving the suspect vehicle, Rippeon had collided with a state police car and caused damage. The trooper stated that Rippeon also tried to cause another trooper to wreck, but crashed in West Virginia and was taken into custody.

Rippeon is scheduled to appear again in court for sentencing on Nov. 4.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com.