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Danville man in custody after escaping police

Raven Miller (Danville Police)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A man is in custody after escaping Danville Police with force Thursday morning.

According to officials, officers were transporting 28-year-old Raven Juowane Miller from Sovah Health to the Danville City Jail when he escaped.

The said Miller was wanted for Parole violation, Probation violation, and Failure to appear. During a traffic stop on Wednesday, he was taken into custody on those warrants.

During the arrest, Miller told officers that he swallowed an illegal drug and needed medical attention.

Officers making the arrest said they were concerned for his health, so they took him to Sovah Health for treatment.

Miller remained in police custody during the night and was in the process of leaving the hospital after treatment when he escaped as officers were putting him in a marked vehicle.

According to officials, Miler was handcuffed in the front while he was being transferred into the police vehicle when he assaulted one of the officers and fled on foot. During the assault and escape by force, a back up Danville officer on the scene deployed a Taser which was ineffective.

They said Miller ran from the scene in the direction of Paxton Ave. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. After a short door to door search in the 1200 block of Paxton Ave., he was located hiding inside of a residence and taken into custody at around 11:49am.

Miller is being held at the Danville City Jail without bond.

He has also been charged with Felony Escape custody by force, Felony assault on police and Felony obstruction of justice.

No officers were injured in this incident.

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