Police say suspect took off after traffic stop

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Man injured while running from police after traffic stop for misdemeanor.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — Confronted with a Monday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 58 by a Hillsville police officer for nothing more significant than improper registration, a 49-year-old Woodlawn man decided to jackrabbit from the scene.
Investigator Alan Gravley reported that he saw an improperly registered red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ronald Lee Davis and pulled it over at about 2:45 p.m. near Gardners Mill Road, according to an Hillsville Police Department news release.


“During the course of the stop, the driver jumped from the vehicle, fled on foot across the four lanes, was nearly struck by a vehicle and ran into a field nearby,” the news release said.
Gravley, First Sgt. Robby Martin, Officer Billy Anauo and Auxiliary Deputy Drew McCraw gave chase and the subject was caught and placed under arrest.
Officers charged Davis with improper registration, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, all misdemeanors.
Davis got tangled up in a barbed wire fence and got cuts to his hand and head, which Carroll Fire-Rescue treated on scene, after the man was caught by the town officers and assisting Carroll deputies.
Davis appeared before the magistrate and was released on bond.