Castlewood man jailed after police chase in Abingdon
A routine traffic stop accelerated into a police chase in downtown Abingdon Friday that lead to the arrest of a Russell County man.
Ronnie Dwayne Massie, 44, of Castlewood, is charged with using false information, disregarding a signal by law enforcement and failure to stop after being involved in a crash, according to a report from Abingdon police.
A patrolman stopped Massie on Deadmore Street just after 11:30 a.m. when the officer observed his car had a brake light out. The officer was then notified that Massie's car was reported stolen out of Sullivan County, Tennessee, according to the report.
Massie provided the police officer with a false name and then put the vehicle into gear after being told to cut the car's motor off. As he sped off, the car struck another vehicle at an intersection and then crashed two blocks later at Valley Street after failing to negotiate a sharp curve at high speed, police reported.
Two females stayed in the car while Massie fled the scene. Some town residents followed Massie from a distance and then told officers where he was located, leading to his capture in a back parking lot of Farris Funeral Home on Main Street, the report said.
Massie is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.