Roanoke County police chase man, use force in videotaped DUI arrest
A call about an unresponsive man in a fast food restaurant drive-through led to a police foot chase in Roanoke County on Sunday.
Police responded to the Wendy's on Electric Road just before midnight.
When they arrived, a man was passed out inside his vehicle with the engine running, according to police.
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue responded to the call first, as it appeared he may have had a medical emergency. The medics called for police once they arrived.
After waking him and asking him to step out of the vehicle, it appeared to the officers that the man was under the influence of alcohol and/or some other substance. He presented false identification to the officers.
Officers conducted field sobriety tests, during which time the man ran behind the Enterprise Rental Car building next door.
Officers chased him and used force to subdue the man.
Alvin Anthony Murdock, 34, of Roanoke, was arrested. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and then taken to the Roanoke County Jail.
He is charged with DUI-third or subsequent offense, obstructing justice, and giving false identity to a law enforcement officer.
Per standard departmental policy, the Roanoke County Police Department is conducting a review of the use of force by police officers.
A citizen videotaped the incident. Officers were aware of this at the time, according to a police spokeswoman.
Four organizations, including Black Lives Matter and Justice for Kionte, are holding a news conference Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. Organizers are expected to speak about this incident. They plan to release the video to media. WDBJ7 is planning to live stream the event.
To watch the live stream at 5:15 p.m., see the player below.