Matthew Joseph Embrey, 37, of Hunt Road, Front Royal, stands charged in Warren County General District Court with felony eluding law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, possession of ammunition, abduction and reckless handling of a firearm.

Embrey remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Embrey is scheduled to appear in General District Court on Tuesday.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Poe arrested Embrey on Thursday morning. Poe states in the criminal complaint filed with the arrest warrant that he saw a silver Volkswagen driven by Embrey in the area of Shenandoah Avenue early Thursday morning. Poe states he recognized Embrey from dealing with him previously.

Poe turned on his emergency lights and siren and tried to stop Embrey in the area of East Strasburg Road and North Shenandoah Avenue, the complaint states. The Volkswagen turned onto East Strasburg Road and “was swerving all over the roadway and failed to stop.” The vehicle accelerated to almost 50 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone, Poe states.

“As I was attempting to stop the vehicle, I observed the driver ... throwing things from the driver's window,” the complaint states.

The driver traveled back toward North Shenandoah Avenue.

“The driver hit the train tracks, lost control of the vehicle, went up an embankment and down into an empty retention pond,” Poe states. “Once the vehicle came to a stop, I observed the driver get out and run from the vehicle.”

Embrey fled into a wooded area but eventually complied with Poe’s commands to come out, the complaint states.

“As more units arrived, I began retracing the pursuit route and located a Hi-Point pistol loaded with one (round) in the chamber,” Poe states in the complaint. “I also located a extra magazine that was the same as the one in the pistol that was recovered.”

Officers helped Embrey’s girlfriend, Tiffany Alger, out of the vehicle and detained her, the complaint states. Poe states he read Alger her Miranda rights. Alger said she was telling Embrey to stop the vehicle so she could get out, Poe states. Embrey, also read his Miranda rights, concurred with Alger that she told him to stop the vehicle, the complaint states.

A magistrate noted in the checklist used to determine bail that Embrey has prior felony convictions.

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