Deputy injured during arrest

A Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputy was injured during an encounter with a Mount Jackson man that resulted in six charges filed against the suspect Sunday night.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement officials used a Taser to bring the suspect, Justin Lee Webster, 30, of 5858 Broad St., under control before taking him into custody.

Webster was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer; escape by force; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; public drunkenness and domestic assault. He is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Dellinger said the incident began when a deputy answered a report of a domestic assault in the 5800 block of Broad Street in Mount Jackson at around 6 p.m. The deputy, Robert French, found Webster at the scene and spoke to him.

A criminal complaint states French smelled alcohol on Webster and noticed signs that someone had assaulted the victim. French then tried to arrest Webster, but the defendant fled on foot, the criminal complaint states.

French caught up to Webster, but Webster struggled before he was Tased, arrested and placed in a patrol vehicle, Dellinger said, adding that Mount Jackson and New Market police assisted with the call.

“After he was placed in the patrol vehicle, he continued to struggle and tried to get away,” Dellinger said of Webster.

The criminal complaint states that Webster took off a second time after he had been handcuffed and placed in the vehicle. French pursued Webster and caught him again, the criminal complaint states.

French received injuries to his neck and leg during the fight with Webster, Dellinger said. The deputy was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

The complaint states Webster was also taken to the hospital for a check on his physical condition.

The complaint states Webster was “verbal and noncompliant” and “intentionally caused a disturbance” in the hospital emergency room.

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