A Woodlawn man facing a simple charge of improper registration now faces much more serious charges after fleeing from a routine traffic stop Monday in Hillsville.
According to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen, Investigator Alan Gravley initiated a traffic stop Monday at approximately 2:45 p.m. on U.S. 58 near Gardner’s Mill Road. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn, jumped from the car and fled the scene on foot in the nearby woods during a heavy rainstorm, Bolen said.
Investigator Gravley gave chase on foot, along with Officer Billy Anuao, 1st Sgt. Robby Martin, Chief Bolen and Captain Junior Alderman, all of the Hillsville Police Department, as well as Corporal David Walls of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Drew McCraw, an Auxiliary Deputy for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Bolen said Davis was captured as a result of the foot chase and taken into custody. Rescue teams were called as a precaution, Bolen said, because Davis cut himself on a barbed wire fence.
Bolen said Davis was charged for improper registration for having the wrong tags on the wrong car. Because of fleeing the scene, he also is now charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
“There will possibly be more charges,” Bolen said. “It is unclear to us why he fled on foot.”
Davis was released on bond Monday, Bolen said.