Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Police: Man arrested after rear-ending police car, eluding police, brandishing BB gun

Maximilian Schober
Maximilian Schober, 22 (Courtesy VPRJ)

A man has been charged with several misdemeanors and eluding police, a felony, after allegedly rear-ending an unmarked police car, driving away from the scene, and leading officers on a high-speed chase through James City County, police said.

Maximilian Schober, 22, of Toano, is charged with eluding police, brandishing a firearm, driving with a  suspended license, obstruction of justice, reckless driving and hit and run, according to James City Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

On Nov. 14, a James City County Police Department investigator was stopped for a school bus on Centerville Road when another vehicle slammed into the rear of the investigator’s unmarked police car, Williams said.

The car backed up and drove past the investigator’s car into oncoming traffic, toward Jolly Pond Road, Williams said.

The investigator followed the car, the driver of which was later identified as Schober, and attempted to stop him. Other police officers also observed the car traveling at a high rate of speed in a northwest direction, Williams said.

Schober eventually stopped on Church Lane and ran into his residence on School Lane, police said.

Schober then came to the door of the house holding what police believed was a shotgun, Williams said, but police tased him and were able to take him into custody.

The gun was later identified as a BB gun.

According to Williamsburg- James City County General District Court records, Schober was found guilty of shooting into a public place in 2014.

In 2015, he was convicted of speeding 20 mph over the speed limit, defective/unsafe equipment and expired state inspection, court records show.

In September, he was found guilty on one count of driving while intoxicated, according to court records.

Schober is scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg- James City County General District Court for a hearing Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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