Police Searching For Career Criminal

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 15, 2006

A man involved in a car crash over the weekend that killed a Madison County police officer could be facing additional charges.

The man police say is responsible for the death of the off-duty policeman has a criminal record a mile long.

Chesterfield police were chasing 36-year old Douglas Michael Brown Jr. when he caused the accident that killed the Colonial Heights policeman. Now he has 2 warrants out for his arrest. This isn't the first time.

According to Charlottesville Police, he has been arrested for breaking and entering, grand larceny, and assault. Brown has five different felony convictions and was arrested three times over the course of just six months for violating his probation. Now police say voluntary manslaughter could be another offense against him.

"If you are committing a criminal act and someone is killed from that act, even if you're not directly related to that specific thing such as this--him running from the police and the officer being killed from that pursuit, yes, that would certainly justify the issuance of a voluntary manslaughter warrant," Lt. Gary Pleasants said.

Police also say that because brown was an habitual offender he was not supposed to be driving in the first place.

Because the accident this past weekend happened outside the Chesterfield area, the investigation is being conducted by Virginia State Police who will decide if any additional warrants will be issued.

Originally from Albemarle County, police believe Brown could be back in this area.

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