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By SHAINA STOCKTON
HILLSVILLE — Toby Vaughn, 24, of Woodlawn pleaded guilty to escaping police custody in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Carroll County Deputy Barry Lineberry took Vaughn into custody after pulling him over on Aug. 29, 2012. Vaughn had an outstanding misdemeanor charge of destroying cemetery property, according to police reports.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Jones told Judge Brett Geisler that Lineberry had put Vaughn in handcuffs at the time of his escape.
After he had been placed under arrest, Vaughn escaped with force and attempted to flee the scene, Jones told the court.
While pursuing Vaughn, Lineberry suffered an injury when a tendon in his knee snapped. The Gazette was told at the time of the incident that his recovery could take as long as six months.
A manhunt by Carroll deputies, Virginia State Police and a helicopter ensued, and Vaughn was caught the next day near Mount Zion Road.
Judge Geisler accepted Vaughn’s guilty plea to the felony escape charge.
He was given credit for time served while he awaited trial. Two years, 11 months and 10 days of Vaughn’s sentence was suspended, leaving him with 20 more days to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
He was also instructed to pay court costs and provide a DNA sample.
Vaughn was indicted on the escape charge by a Carroll grand jury last year, after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in general district court.