Driver Arrested After Assault, Highway Pursuit

An Ashburn man is in custody after he fled in his vehicle from a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy Friday evening. 

The driver, Ronald B. Smith, 47, was taken into custody Jan. 29 after a pursuit that began in the Ashburn area and ended on Rt. 28 near the Dulles Toll Road. Smith is charged with assault on law enforcement, felony eluding, reckless driving, obstruction of justice and driving without a license. He also is wanted by Fairfax County for reckless driving and felony eluding.  

Ronald B. Smith

According to the report, the incident began after the Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 4 p.m. Friday for a report of a suspected intoxicated driver in the Ashburn Village area. The caller reported the driver nearly struck him and another vehicle. A deputy located the vehicle at a gas station in the area of Gloucester Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. Smith struggled with the deputy and struck the deputy multiple times. The suspect then closed his car door catching the deputy’s hand and fled in his vehicle. A pursuit was initiated.  

The pursuit continued on Russell Branch Parkway, onto Loudoun County Parkway, Rt. 7 westbound, Rt. 7 eastbound, and finally Rt. 28 southbound where the pursuit ended. Deputies deployed stop sticks in the area of Rt. 7 near Rt. 28 causing damage to the tires of the suspect’s vehicle. Smith later lost control of his vehicle near the Dulles Toll Road and attempted to flee on foot.

As the suspect was taken into custody, he continued to not follow commands and struggle with the deputies, the agency reported.

Both Smith and the deputy were treated and released from an area hospital for injuries received during the incident. 

Smith was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

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