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Police search for man who allegedly fled traffic stop on Route 4

Staff Report
Published: 10/28/2020 9:48:15 PM
Modified: 10/29/2020 3:29:24 PM

BRIDGEWATER — Police are looking for a 32-year-old Virginia man accused of credit card fraud who fled after a traffic stop in Bridgewater on Tuesday, according to the Vermont State Police.

The man, Brandon Curtis Adkins, from Virginia Beach, Va., was driving on Route 4 in Bridgewater when a Windsor County Sheriff’s deputy stopped him for “an infraction” around 8 a.m., according to a news release. Adkins gave the deputy a false name before getting out of his car and running into the woods nearby, the release said.

Police investigated the incident and discovered Adkins’ real name as well as a felony warrant out of Virginia for his arrest on charges of credit card fraud and violation of parole, the release said.

Vermont State Police were called in and searched the area with a K-9 unit but couldn’t capture Adkins, though one trooper did report seeing him running across Route 4, according to police. Police plan to search the car, which they believe was stolen from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, pending a warrant.

People reported seeing Adkins around the Route 4 area as recently as Wednesday morning, but police had not taken him into custody as of early Wednesday afternoon. Police said in the release that they don’t think Adkins is armed or dangerous.

If arrested, Adkins may face charges of being a fugitive from justice, giving false information to a police officer, and  others in addition to his outstanding w arrant.

Correction

Vermont State Police joined a manhunt for a suspected fugitive from Virginia Tuesday morning after he ran into woods in Bridgewater during a traffic stop by a Windsor County Sheriff's deputy. An earlier version of this story incorrectly described what agency was involved in the initial stop.




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