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Suspect escapes custody in Hillsville

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Man apprehended after running from magistrate’s office

By Shaina Stockton

HILLSVILLE — Local authorities apprehended a Galax man after he allegedly fled from state police custody on Wednesday afternoon.
According to reports from Virginia State Police, Trooper D.B. Suthers had Daniel Lee Lineberry, 35, of 268 Crackers Neck Road in Galax, at the Carroll County Magistrate’s office for processing on May 7.
“I had picked him up for a probation violation, state and federal, and he was wanted on direct indictment on drug charges involving Schedule III narcotics in Grayson County,” Suthers told The Gazette.
Lineberry is also registered as a violent sex offender in relation to a conviction he received in 1998, according to a statement from State Police Sgt. M.C. Davis.
Suthers and Lineberry were heading back to Suthers’ vehicle when Lineberry suddenly broke free and fled into a wooded area behind the facility, the trooper said.
Lineberry ran onto a portion of the nearby Beaver Dam Trail.
“He had been committed with no bond to New River Valley Regional Jail, and we were coming out of [the magistrate’s office] and I was putting him into the back of my patrol car — I had actually opened the door and was guiding him into the car — when he took off and ran from me,” said Suthers.
Suthers followed Lineberry as he cut across the parking lot and dove through a treeline full of heavy brush and thickets onto a portion of the Beaver Dam Trail. Assistance was called in from the Hillsville Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and a transportation crew from New River Valley Regional Jail, which happened to be in the area at the time transporting a load of inmates.
After a 300-yard chase, Lineberry was apprehended by Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s office, assisted by State Trooper Matt Cockerham, in an area near Russell’s Garage.
“When the deputy approached [Lineberry], he was smoking a cigarette, and did not fight [against the capture],” Davis said.
“He was either waiting to make his next move, or waiting for us to get him,” Suthers added.
Both Suthers and Davis estimated that the chase lasted for less than half an hour.
A new charge of felony escape has been added to Lineberry’s list of offenses. “He’s been in a lot of trouble…. it’s not his first time having a brush with us,” said Suthers.