Suspected Repeat DUI Driver Flees from Deputy

Among a slew of alcohol-related arrests made over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend by Loudoun deputies was one involving a police chase and a driver with three previous DUI convictions.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy conducting a DUI patrol on Friday, March 17 observed a driver who failed to move over for an emergency vehicle. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver stopped the vehicle but then sped away. The pursuit continued in the Town of Leesburg, ending near the intersection of Marshall Drive and Ariel Drive. The driver jumped out of the moving car and fled.

Ervin Bland, Jr., 37, of Leesburg, was apprehended after a short chase.

He was charged with DUI—his fourth in 10 years—and eluding police, both felonies, as well as driving on a revoked license. He also was issued a summons for failing to move over.

He was held without bond at the Loudon County Adult Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in Loudoun County District Court is scheduled for April 20.

The LCSO’s summary of significant incidents over the weekend included eight other DUI arrests, including four involving crashes and two caught during a checkpoint operation in Ashburn. Also, there were 16 public intoxication arrests reported.

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