VA—A man is in custody, after
police say he led them on a chase and threatened to harm his own child when
deputies attempted to arrest him.
The incident began at approximately 10:55 a.m. on Thursday,
when officers responded to numerous reports of a vehicle traveling north in the
southbound lance of Boydton Plank
Dinwiddie's Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to stop the
vehicle in the 7500 block of Boydton
Plank Road, and a brief, low-speed pursuit ensued.
Officers were then able to stop the vehicle.
When officers asked the driver, identified as 50-year-old Randy
Ferrell of Riverdale, Georgia, to get out of the vehicle,
Officers say Ferrell then grabbed and threatened to harm a
two-year-old girl, who was later identified as his daughter.
After a brief struggle between deputies and Ferrell, he was
taken into custody.
The child was taken from Ferrell's custody and transported
to VCU Medical Center
with unknown injuries.
A deputy suffered minor injuries in the struggle, and was
treated at Southside
Center and later
Ferrell was charged with felony attempting to elude police,
as well as felony child endangerment and neglect. He is currently being held
without bond at Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta,
arraignment on May 13, 2013.
Officers continue the investigation of this situation,
including why Ferrell was driving the wrong way down Boydton Plank Road, and what brought him
to Virginia from his home in Georgia.
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