UPDATE: Suspect charged with abduction arrested after pursuit involving infant passenger, Dickenson Co. Sheriff says

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DICKENSON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – The man accused of leading authorities on a pursuit in Dickenson County while a 3-month-old was in the vehicle has been arrested.

According to Dickenson County Sheriff Jeremy Fleming, Christopher Fuller, 27, of Haysi, was arrested Thursday around 1 p.m.

Fleming told News Channel 11 Fuller was arrested following a brief chase on foot.

Fuller was sought by authorities after a police pursuit on Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. that began after deputies reported seeing him driving recklessly.

Fuller was driving a 2003 Chrysler van on Dante Mountain Road with tags stolen from Smyth County, Virginia, according to Fleming.

Deputies reportedly attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Fuller refused to stop. Fleming said the pursuit continue for about 20 miles before ending when Fuller got out of the vehicle on Middle of the World Road.

A passenger in the vehicle, Brittany Swim, 22, of Dante, told deputies she had asked Fuller multiple times to let her out during the chase, but he refused, resulting in him being charged with abduction by force. She was not facing any charges as of Wednesday.

Fleming told News Channel 11 a 3-month-old child was in the vehicle during the pursuit. Swim has retained custody of the child.

Prior to the pursuit, Fuller was wanted in Dickenson County for violation of probation. He now faces the following charges as well:

  • Felony eluding
  • Possession of Schedule I drugs
  • Abduction by force
  • Felony child endangerment
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Multiple traffic violations

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