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Suspect who escaped police custody captured

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DAMASCUS, VA (WJHL) -

The man who eluded police capture this weekend is now behind bars.

Washington County, VA sheriff Fred Newman says Christopher Curtis Emmert, 24, was arrested around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a location on Sweet Hollow Road in Damascus, VA.

The sheriff's office says he was hiding in the back of a pickup truck.

Emmert was wanted by the Damascus Police Department on seven felony warrants for manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine and one felony warrant for escape.

He is being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.


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Suspect escapes from Damascus police custody 

Virginia officers are searching for a man who they say escaped from police custody overnight.

According to Damascus Police Chief Roger Dowell, officers responded to a report of a breaking and entering on First Street in Damascus around 10pm. Through the officers investigation, they found two people had broken into a home and were cooking meth.

Dowell said Christopher Emmert and Megan Fleming were placed under arrest and put into two separate cop cars. Dowell added Emmert was in his police car.

While police continued their investigation at the home, Emmert somehow managed to escape from the back of the cop car. Dowell said Emmert fled on foot, but he was unsure in what direction.

Officers with the Damascus Police Department and the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff's Office, including a K-9 unit, are searching for Emmert. Dowell said a K-9 did track a scent, but it was lost.

Dowell said Emmert was last wearing gray shorts, a yellow T-shirt, no shoes and handcuffs. He is about 5'9" with dark hair. According to Dowell, Emmert is originally from Damascus.

Emmert and Fleming are charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of manufacturing methamphetamine with the intent to sell, give or distribute, one count of precursor and one count of breaking and entering. Emmert also faces a felony escape charge.

Dowell told News Channel 11 Emmert is currently on probation. Offices at the Southwest Virginia Jail in Abdingdon did not have a previous mug shot of Emmert.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call 911 immediately.

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