Man accused of trying to murder deputy with vehicle

Michael Lewis II

A chase on John Marshall Highway on Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a Front Royal man who was charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and several related offenses.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Michael Lewis, 40, of 144 Chester St.

A news release from the Sheriff’s Office stated that Lewis fled in his vehicle from deputies who had been called to the 2300 block of John Marshall Highway around 2:30 p.m. to investigate a report of an accident and a man “running around in a suspicious manner and possibly under the influence of narcotics.”

The news release stated the deputies approached the vehicles and the man who had been the subject of the initial report. The suspect attempted to drive off in his vehicle while ignoring deputies’ orders for him to stop, the news release stated.

The release stated the suspect while driving away, “accelerated and swerved in an attempt to hit one of the deputies. The vehicle then continued west on John Marshall Highway with deputies in pursuit. The Front Royal Police Department assisted with the deployment of spike strips as the vehicle entered Front Royal town limits. The vehicle stopped just east of Richmond Road on John Marshall (Highway).”

The release stated Lewis resisted arrest in an unspecified manner, was taken into custody “without injury” and transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for “medical attention.”

Charges against Lewis include attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer; felony eluding; reckless driving; resisting arrest; and driving under the influence of drugs.