Boger surrenders to police

A Manassas man who police say drove over a Prince William officer with an all-terrain vehicle turned himself in Wednesday night.

Scott Matthew Boger, 29, of 10535 Pineview Road in Manassas, is charged with felonious assault on a police officer, two counts of assault and battery of a police officer and escape by force.

Boger was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered, according to Sgt. Kim Chinn, Prince William police spokeswoman, on Thursday.

Police say Boger backed over Officer James Shelton, 47, with an ATV before punching him in the face repeatedly. Shelton, a 25-year veteran of the Prince William Police Department, was directing traffic when a man driving an ATV approached. Shelton attempted to speak to the driver about using his ATV on the road, Chinn said. ATVs are not street-legal. Shelton suffered both facial and leg injuries in the attack, although his leg was not broken.

Boger’s surrender came after a 28-hour search that originally involved about 15 police cruisers and a helicopter from four law-enforcement agencies: the Prince William Police Department, the Prince William Sheriff’s Office, Manassas Police Department and Fairfax police.

Boger is being held without bond pending a Sept. 4 court date. Prince William police said they do not know where Boger was during the search.

Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said the attack would have justified a use of deadly force.

“If it gets to the point where the officer is physically exhausted and in fear of his life, then yes,” Mangan said. “He [Shelton] told him [Boger] he was going to have to shoot him and that’s when he fled the scene.”

Shelton used pepper spray on Boger during the attack, police said.

Boger, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, was described by Mangan on Wednesday as being, “very dangerous.” Boger was convicted of grand larceny in 1997 and speeding in 2001 in Prince William District Court.

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