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Strasburg chase suspect arrested in Warren County

Devon R. Gray

By Joe Beck

Law enforcement officials from three agencies Friday arrested a man sought after a chase through Middletown and Strasburg on March 28.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said in a news release that Devon Renard Gray, 42, of 447 Water St., Woodstock, was arrested Friday on charges of distribution of heroin, cocaine and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Gray is scheduled to appear at noon Tuesday in Frederick County General District Court where he will face a chase-related charge of eluding and disregarding police orders.

McEathron said the Warren County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team, Front Royal Police Emergency Services Team and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Gray in an operation conducted around 5 p.m. Friday.

McEathron said Gray has a history of escape, eluding and resisting arrest.

In an interview Monday, McEathron said a contingent of 12 to 15 law enforcement officers confronted Gray, and one of them shot him with a beanbag fired from a shotgun during the arrest.

Gray made an "an overt act to flee the scene on foot" before the beanbag was used, McEathron said.

"He failed to comply initially, and that's when it was deployed," McEathron said of the beanbag.

McEathron refused to disclose where Gray was arrested or other circumstances of the arrest except to say he was captured outside in the northern part of Warren County. No one was injured, McEathron said.

Gray is being held in the Warren County Jail without bond, according to the news release.

Gray had been wanted since he allegedly led Middletown and Strasburg police on a chase through the center of Strasburg. Some witnesses estimated the speeds reached 80 mph. One officer crashed his car near the southern town limits on U.S. 11 and was hospitalized with minor injuries. Police said the suspect abandoned his car a short distance down the road and fled on foot.

Law enforcement authorities said the chase began with a routine traffic stop in Middletown that escalated into a drug bust followed by the chase down U.S. 11 into Strasburg.

Middletown Police Chief R. Phillip Breeden said his department was not involved in the arrest, and he knew no details about it.

"It sounds like he's a fairly bad dude," Breeden said of Gray.

"I'm awfully glad they caught him," Breeden added. "Maybe now he can be prosecuted for some of the damage he's done and all the charges he has against him."

Gray is also scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court on charges of auto theft, grand larceny and contempt of court.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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