Woodlawn man wanted by federal officials

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Officials say that their interest in Ronald Lee Davis was sparked after he violated the terms of his federal supervised release.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — Federal officials have an interest in the activities of a Woodlawn man whom Hillsville police recently charged with several misdemeanors and one felony after a July 22 traffic stop on U.S. 58.
Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn was due in Carroll County General District Court on a bond hearing related to charges arising from the incident in which he fled from town Investigator Alan Gravley. He was pulled over in a 1999 Misubishi Mirage for improper registration.

Authorities said Davis fled across the four-lane, risking bodily injury from traffic, after the traffic stop.
Gravley charged Davis with improper registration, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, all misdemeanors.
Additional investigation led to warrants against Davis for felony possession of an imitation controlled substance to manufacture, sell, give or distribute; as well as misdemeanor charges of selling or possession with intent to sell drug paraphernalia, second offense possession of marijuana and illegal radar detector.
Davis did not appear in court Friday to receive bond. That case was continued.
While Davis remains in the New River Valley Regional Jail, federal officials have placed a "detainer" on him, meaning that Davis would be taken into custody by federal authorities if released from the regional jail.
Western District of Virginia court officials said their interest in Davis is because he allegedly violated terms of federal supervised release.
It is not clear whether the charges that arose from Davis' arrest in Hillsville are those that led to his federal violation.
Davis received a 41-month sentence in 2006 on a distribution of methamphetamine conviction and a 30-month sentence in federal prison in 2007 for conviction on a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, a schedule II substance.