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Posted on: September 15, 2023

News Release- Police Incidents Report 9.15.23

NEWS RELEASE           Contact:  Major Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        , 540-338-7422







PURCELLVILLE, VA September 15, 2023,



09/08/23            9:32 p.m.           250 S. Nursery Ave                                                 Lost Property


The complaint reported her driver’s license and several bank cards were lost while at Fireman’s Field. She suspected nothing nefarious, but rather thought that her two-year-old pulled them from her wallet.  Anybody finding property of this nature is asked to call the Purcellville Police Department, via the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) non-emergency dispatch line at 703-777-1021.  


09/09/23            8:08 p.m.           37000 Block of Armor Court                               Civil Issue


The complainant, a seventeen-year-old foreign exchange student, was upset because she was being moved to another host family without her knowledge. She indicated that she would rather live in a short term rental. Given her age, this was not a viable option. Police remained on the scene until the teen agreed to leave with the new host.  


09/10/23            2:09 a.m.           20th and A Street                                                     DUI


An officer on patrol observed a vehicle disregard the stop sign at 20th and A Street. He conducted a stop and upon approach to the vehicle, noticed signs of possible intoxication for the driver, who was the lone occupant. A battery of field sobriety tests were conducted and the results indicated a level of intoxication.  The driver was transported to the Adult Detention Center and a sample of his breath yielded a result of .10. He was charged with DUI and ordered to be held until sober. 


09/11/23            10:47 a.m.         250 S. Nursery Ave                                                Abandoned Vehicle 


A utility trailer with no tag, VIN or owner applied number was left abandoned in the Town parking lot.  The trailer was towed and stored by Bridge’s Towing. The owner can contact the tow company to claim the trailer.  


09/12/23            6:31 p.m.           1043 E. Main Street                                               Drunk in Public 


Officers responded for a suspicious person and located a profane, aggressive, intoxicated man staggering on Main Street. Upon approach, the subject, who appeared to have blood on his hands and clothing, reared back and took a swing at the two officers, both who were able to avoid being struck. He was placed in handcuffs and medics were called due to the aforementioned blood on his person and his subsequent complaint of a headache. He was transported to the ER, where he refused any treatment, and was ultimately taken to the Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with being drunk in public, and ordered to be held until sober.  


09/12/23            10:06 a.m.         417 Browning Court                                             Civil Issue 


Two separate complainants reported consigning firearms for sale to a merchant, who then wrote bad checks for the amount owed. Police were called, as the business phone has been disconnected and the store has not open during posted business hours. Officers were able to contact the owner, who then spoke to the customers. They are going to attempt resolution at this point, but retain the option for seeking charges for the issuance of bad checks.   


09/13/23            8:16 p.m.           36811 Alder School Road                                         Custody Agreement Dispute 


The complaint, who was watching her sister’s children and was at a football game, called police because her estranged brother in law, the children’s father, was at the stadium. She believed that this was a violation of a standing protective order. Officers ultimately learned that the order prohibited direct contact between the estranged spouses, but allowed for supervised visits with his children. The father never made any attempt to contact his kids while at the stadium. Police remained on the scene until all parties left the area.  



Officers also responded to the following Calls for Service:


911 Calls






Animal Complaint



Assist LE Agency/Fire/Rescue



Attempt to Locate



Check the Welfare



Community Policing 






Disabled Vehicle



Drunk in Public



Follow-Up Investigations



Found Property



Funeral Escort



Noise Complaint






Other Police Complaint



Reckless Driver Lookout



Special Duty



Suspicious Incident/Vehicle



Traffic Hazard






Vehicle Lockout




In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops



The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of approximately 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the 2021 Virginia Municipal League Innovation Award for Environmental Sustainability and in years past, the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for innovation and green initiatives.  The Town most recently received the Tree City USA Award for the 14th consecutive year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and was ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at