GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) – A juvenile suspect being held on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer escaped from custody Monday afternoon.
Authorities say they took the teenager back into custody “following a lengthy foot chase by deputies” Monday afternoon.
The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office said the 17-year-old fled from a Merrimac Detection Center officer just after noon. They were at the Northern Neck Counseling Center in Ark at the time for a counseling session.
Authorities said they serched the woods and neighborhoods around the counseling center exhaustively after the juvenile escaped.
A tip later in the afternoon led deputies to an area near Duval Avenue. The sheriff noticed a “suspicious vehicle” attempting to “elude contact with law enforcement.”
Authorities attempted to stop the vehicle, during which time the juvenile fled on foot. The chase was “extensive,” the sheriff’s office said.
“Deputies were able to close off all possible avenues of escape, temporarily closing RT 17 before the juvenile escapee surrendered to deputies in the wetlands between the Courthouse and Rt. 17,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
The juvenile was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, then returned to the custody of Merrimac Detention Center.