Virginia lawmaker charged, ‘relieved of duty’ for faking highway attack

WARRENTON, Va. – The Virginia lawmaker who claimed to have been the victim of a highway attack Friday night in Fauquier County has been relieved of her post and faces criminal charges, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators previously said an agent was on his way home after his shift when he stopped at the intersection of the Old Waterloo and Wilson highways to eliminate a “hazard” in the middle of the street.

When that officer returned to his car around 7:10 p.m., authorities said he saw a black or dark-colored SUV, according to the sheriff’s office.

“They yelled at the deputy … and when he turned, he got hit in the head,” Fauquier County Sheriff Robert P. Mosier said Friday night.

A good Samaritan, who found the aide lying on his stomach and unconscious about 10 minutes later, called 911, according to the sheriff’s office.

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Preston Dooley was charged with falsely invoking law enforcement and obstruction of justice.

“Detectives thoroughly and vigorously investigated the accusation and determined that the incident reported by the deputy was false,” officials said Saturday night. “Immediate steps were taken and Sheriff Mosier relieved the deputy of the charge.”

“Detectives are following leads and are looking for a black or dark SUV, possibly four-door, last seen traveling west on Wilson Road,” authorities said.

As a result, detectives charged Jake Preston Dooley, 22, of Marshall, Virginia, with falsely invoking law enforcement and obstructing justice.

Dooley, who was released by a magistrate on an unsecured bond of $ 10,000, will be taken to a regional facility for a mental health evaluation, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Sometimes bad things happen to good organizations,” said Sheriff Mosier. “We really regret that this has happened, but we find a great deal of comfort in the knowledge that our community understands and supports law enforcement in Fauquier County.”

The sheriff thanked the community for the “tremendous amount of support” following the original report being released.

“We acknowledge the support of our citizens, family and law enforcement partners, local governments, news organizations, and community corporate partners. The support in the form of messages, food, rewards offers, and other things were overwhelming …”

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