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HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man who was picked up on a misdemeanor charge in August but managed to escape from police will now face a grand jury for a felony.
Toby Lee Vaughn, 23, had an outstanding misdemeanor charge for destroying cemetery property when Deputy Barry Lineberry conducted a vehicle stop on Sharp Road in the Laurel community.
Lineberry handcuffed Vaughn, but he got loose and ran.
A manhunt by Carroll deputies, Virginia State Police and a helicopter ensued, and Vaughn was caught the next day near Mount Zion Road.
When chasing Vaughn on foot, Lineberry suffered an injury — a tendon in his knee snapped.
Vaughn was charged with felony escape.
He appeared in Carroll General District Court on Oct. 26 with attorney Chip DeHart for a preliminary hearing.
Vaughn waived his right to a preliminary hearing with testimony and witnesses. This means the felony charge of escape will go to the grand jury, which will weigh whether there’s enough evidence for a trial in circuit court.
Also on Oct. 26, the judge heard several misdemeanor and traffic charges against Vaughn. He was found guilty of hunting/trapping/fishing without a license, dumping trash, destruction of property (two counts), speeding and no seat belt.
He received court fines and fees totaling $721.