Danville man in jail after escaping police custody

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A Danville man is in jail after escaping police custody Thursday morning.

According to the Danville Police Department, Danville police were in the process of taking Raven Juowane Miller, 28, of Danville from Sovah Health to the Danville City Jail when he escaped police custody by force.

On Wednesday, police say Miller was taken into custody during a traffic stop on warrants for parole violation, probation violation and failure to appear. As he was being arrested, Miller told officers that he had swallowed an illegal drug and needed to see a doctor. Officers were concerned for Miller's health, so they took him to Sovah Health, police said.

Miller remained in the hospital overnight and was in the process of leaving Sovah Health around 10:59 a.m. Thursday when he assaulted one of the officers and ran away.

According to Danville police, a back-up Danville police officer deployed a taser, which was not effective. Police say Miller ran toward Paxton Avenue as officers set up a perimeter to capture him.

Police began a door to door search in the 1200 block of Paxton Avenue and during their search, Miller was found hiding inside of one of the homes. He was taken into custody at around 11:49 a.m., police said.

In addition to his original charges, Miller was charged with felony escape custody by force, felony assault on police and felony obstruction of justice.

Miller is currently being held at the Danville City Jail without bond.