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Sheriff: Man rams deputy's cruiser during getaway attempt

Posted at 5:28 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 13:07:05-04

ESSEX COUNTY, Va. -- A 22-year-old man was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Essex County after initially trying to get away from police.

The incident unfolded along Wrights Mill Road in Essex County at about 2 p.m.

During the getaway attempt, the man used his vehicle to ram a deputy's cruiser and then jumped into a pond, according to law enforcement.

A deputy suffered minor injuries, according to Essex County Sheriff Arnie Holmes, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"He came out of the garage in a vehicle, rammed one of my unit's vehicles, got out of the car, and ran into the woods and ended up in a pond," Holmes said.

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The man, according to investigators, was wanted in several counties on multiple felony counts. More charges will be added following Friday's standoff.

"He did have an object in hand but we couldn't see at the time with that object was so was no shots fired," Sheriff Holmes said about the arrest.