About a week ago the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reported a series of violent actions committed by an unidentified hit and run driver. The driver reportedly stole an F-250 pick up, fled the owner when he confronted her, hitting a bystander and eventually wrecking the vehicle into two trees and fled the final scene.
On October 15 at 4:47 p.m. Deputy G. P. McCaulley of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle accident. The incident occurred in the area of McCarty Road and Berry Hill Lane.
McCaulley located a Ford F-250 on the shoulder lodged onto a tree and learned the driver and passenger had fled the scene on foot.
According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy McCaulley learned the driver was a female who had failed to return the truck to the rightful owner.
The owner confronted her, prior to the accident, in the parking lot of Town and Country Giant. She again refused to return the truck, and fled the scene, striking another person in the parking lot with the truck mirror. That victim received minor injuries to her arm.
The investigation revealed the suspect fled to McCarty Road and ran off the roadway, striking a tree head on. She then attempted to back up and flee, but only succeeded in skewering the truck on a second tree like a marshmallow on a stick.
After posting the incident and a description of the driver, tips poured in to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the driver was positively identified as 29 year old Kendra Verling of Orange County Virginia.
Deputy G.P. McCaulley obtained warrants and was following numerous leads on Verling’s location. Verling remained on the lam until Friday October 21, when she was arrested by King George County Sheriff’s Office.
Verling’s bond was originally set at $3,500 by the magistrate, but it was revoked this morning. Verling is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail for unauthorized use, malicious wounding, felony hit and run and misdemeanor hit and run.