Mount Jackson man pleads guilty to escaping legal custody

WOODSTOCK -- The Mount Jackson man who was accused of holding a woman at knifepoint in September pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fleeing from law enforcement after his arrest.

WOODSTOCK — A Mount Jackson man who was accused of holding a woman at knifepoint in September pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fleeing from law enforcement after his arrest.

The domestic violence charges involving Wesley Adam Lear, 32, were dismissed in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, but the felony charge of fleeing from law enforcement custody was certified in that court and sent to the grand jury in November. After being processed on multiple domestic assault charges, Lear broke away from a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s deputy when the deputy was trying to put Lear in a vehicle and transport him to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said.

While in restraints, Lear ran onto Court Street in Woodstock with the deputy in close pursuit, Campola said. A pitbull had gotten loose in that area and bit Lear and the deputy, effectively ending the pursuit, Campola added. The deputy was treated at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the incident, Campola said.

There was no plea agreement in this case, and a pre-sentence investigation report was ordered at Lear’s request. A sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 14 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.