Fauquier County, Virginia deputy Jake Preston Dooley, 22, is out of a job today and faces criminal charges after he allegedly fabricated a story in which he was the victim of a roadside attack.
At first, officials treated Mr. Dooley as the victim. They said he had been injured Friday night in a “drive-by attack”. Law enforcement was on the “lookout’ for a black or dark-colored SUV, possibly with 4 doors, last seeing “traveling west on Wilson Road”.
The official point of view has since changed. Authorities said the investigation began when a passerby found Dooley face down at an intersection. After looking into it, detectives determined the deputy’s story about what happened was false.
Dooley was relieved of duty and has been charged with falsely summonsing law enforcement and obstruction of justice. The ex-officer was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond “but will be transported to a regional facility for a mental health evaluation”, Sheriff Mosier of Fauquier County said of his former deputy.
It is unclear at this time if Jake Dooley has an attorney in this matter.