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Police chase, apprehend suspect

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Faces charges of eluding police, warrant served for assault and battery

By Tom Wilmoth

    A 42-year-old Bedford man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began in Bedford County and ended at a residence on Otey Street on Saturday.
    According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Michael Shawn Parker faces multiple charges following the pursuit which began on Woods Road in the county, went to Big Island Highway and concluded in the town.
    Bedford Police, with guns drawn, surrounded the vehicle at the Otey Street residence, but no shots were fired, according to Foreman.
    Foreman said the chase occurred after Parker was spotted in an SUV by the alleged victim of an  assault. Foreman said Parker was wanted on an assault charge.

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During the chase, Foreman said law enforcement lost contact with Parker, but were able to catch up with him when he entered the town. Deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office joined in on the pursuit.
    The police report stated that Parker drove his SUV to a residence in the 500 block of Otey Street. Police attempted to get him to exit the vehicle. Parker had driven to the back yard and then back to the front where he was confronted by officers.
    An officer eventually broke a window in the vehicle with a baton to remove Parker from the SUV. Foreman said the officer cut his hand and said that Paker cut himself with a box cutter.
    Parker was taken into custody and was charged with felony eluding police. He was being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
    Parker had the outstanding warrant for assault and battery as well as a protective order against him, prior to being taken into custody, Foreman said.
    Parker was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for the cuts to his arm and was then taken to jail.