Wytheville Police arrest fugitive after manhunt

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 11:28 AM EDT
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WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - A man is in custody after a manhunt in Wytheville Wednesday.

Tuesday night, Virginia State Police pulled over a man on the interstate close to Wytheville. The vehicle was transporting illegal narcotics, according to Wytheville Police, and one of the occupants ran off.

Police say early Wednesday, the man approached a truck driver on Lithia Road in Wytheville and asked to use the truck driver’s phone to call his mother, because he had been running from police all night. The man ran off into a cornfield when the truck driver refused.

After several agencies set up a perimeter and grid search, with help from a helicopter, K9 and drone, the man was arrested peacefully, according to police. His name has not yet been released.

The Wytheville Police Department is thanking the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, VSP Aviation and the VSP Tactical Team.

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