Dinwiddie County, VA—A man is in custody, after police say he led them on a chase and threatened to harm his own child when deputies attempted to arrest him.
The incident began at approximately 10:55 a.m. on Thursday, when officers responded to numerous reports of a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lance of Boydton Plank Road.
Dinwiddie's Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to stop the vehicle in the 7500 block of Boydton Plank Road, and a brief, low-speed pursuit ensued. Officers were then able to stop the vehicle.
When officers asked the driver, identified as 50-year-old Randy Ferrell of Riverdale, Georgia, to get out of the vehicle, he refused.
Officers say Ferrell then grabbed and threatened to harm a two-year-old girl, who was later identified as his daughter.
After a brief struggle between deputies and Ferrell, he was taken into custody.
The child was taken from Ferrell's custody and transported to VCU Medical Center with unknown injuries.
A deputy suffered minor injuries in the struggle, and was treated at Southside Regional Medical Center and later released.
Ferrell was charged with felony attempting to elude police, as well as felony child endangerment and neglect. He is currently being held without bond at Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta, Va. awaiting arraignment on May 13, 2013.
Officers continue the investigation of this situation, including why Ferrell was driving the wrong way down Boydton Plank Road, and what brought him to Virginia from his home in Georgia.
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