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Man runs from police, meth found after arrest

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Ashworth was wanted on felony warrants for breaking and entering.

By Staff Reports

A Galax man ran from Grayson County deputies when they tried to serve a felony warrant, and was charged with drug possession after his arrest.
On Aug. 25, at 10 p.m., Grayson County Deputy Brad Brown and Reserve Deputy Jim Winterburn were patrolling the Fairview area near the intersection of Edmonds Road and Skyline Highway, according to a press release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

Deputy Brown spotted a white Ford Mustang in the Fairview Baptist Church parking lot, which he recognized as belonging to Randall Lee Ashworth, 35, of Grouse Hollow Road in Galax.
Brown knew that the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had felony warrants on file for Ashworth for breaking and entering and larceny, Vaughan said.
“When Ashworth observed the sheriff’s office patrol vehicle, he exited the driver side of the vehicle, jumped a fence and ran,” Vaughan said. “Deputy Brown engaged in a short foot pursuit, tackled Ashworth and placed him under arrest.”
Brown reported that he recovered approximately seven grams of methamphetamine from Ashworth.
Ashworth was charged with trespassing on church property, obstruction of justice and possession of methamphetamine.
Ashworth is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.