Man accused of fleeing police after court appearance

Adam Lamma

Adam Richard Lamma found himself running from police Wednesday a few hours after walking out of Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Woodstock police Capt. Chris Baker said members of his agency, while working with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, watched Lamma participate in a narcotics transaction about 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the town’s Walmart. Lamma, 19, of Mount Jackson,  got back into his vehicle and started to drive away.

“We attempted to make a stop but he refused to stop, which led to the chase,” Baker said.

Lamma, at low speeds, drove through the Walmart and Cracker Barrel parking lot where he threw out a green backpack.

Officers found marijuana, gloves, a mask, a syringe, a pellet handgun and other items in the backpack, Baker said.

He then continued down Reservoir Road, got on Interstate 81 and headed south toward Edinburg with police still in pursuit, Baker said.

Lamma left I-81 and drove west on Stoney Creek Road.

“For safety precautions we then stopped the pursuit. An officer recognized Lamma so we knew who he was,” Baker said.

Lamma’s car was found Wednesday night in New Market, Baker said.

About noon Thursday, New Market police, with the assistance of Mount Jackson police,  arrested Lamma when he went back to New Market looking for his car, Baker said.

Woodstock police charged Lamma with possession of burglary tools, possession of controlled paraphernalia, attempt to possess heroin, distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, he said.

The pursuit came after Lamma appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court Wednesday morning on a hearing involving grand larceny, larceny and various drug charges. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest when he did not appear for the 9 a.m. hearing, court staff said.

Lamma did show up in court at 11:25 a.m., and the warrant was canceled.

A few hours later, he was running from police but it was short lived.