Bruce Johnson

Front Royal police arrested a man early Sunday morning who is wanted for an alleged assault a West Virginia state trooper.

Capt. Jason Ryman of the Front Royal Police Department said patrol car clocked Bruce Johnson speeding on John Marshall Highway, doing 42 mph in a 25 zone. After pulling Johnson over, officers ran his license plate, which came back stolen.

“When we have a situation where license plates come back as stolen, we have to assume the vehicle itself the plates are on is stolen also,” Ryman said. “The traffic stop went from a traffic stop to a felony stop.”

Ryman said Johnson refused to listen to commands as an officer approached his car, driving off and leading the officer on a 3.5 mile chase ending just south of the dump on U.S. 340 where Johnson was taken into custody.

Johnson was driving a 1999 Chevy suburban, which was not stolen, although the tags were, Ryman said.

Johnson is wanted in West Virginia for malicious assault, assault on police, DUI causing bodily injury and various other traffic violations, Ryman said.

Front Royal police served a warrant of extradition on Johnson as well as charging him with possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and felony eluding, Ryman said.

Johnson will appear in court Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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