Orange resident arrested after high-speed chase across state lines
Officers arrested an Orange resident for evading police and for driving while intoxicated after the man led police on a high-speed chase across state lines, the Orange Police Department reports.
According to the report from OPD, Officer Isaac Henry was dispatched to Interstate 10 mile marker 880 to assist Vinton Police in a pursuit. Henry reports he was parked in the 400 block of North Lutcher Drive when he saw the suspect and an officer with the Vinton police pass his vehicle. He joined in the pursuit, continuing westbound on North Lutcher to Bob Hall Road and ending at Reeback Crossing.
Officers reportedly approached the subject, identified a Leeronald Maurice Budwine, who resisted arrest and was subsequently "drive stunned" by an officer attempting to get the man to comply. Drive stun is a Taser technique used to gain compliance through pain, according to www.taser.com. When using drive stun, the Taser is held against a subject rather than deploying charged prongs that puncture the skin and render the Tased subject unable to move. Officers were able to place Budwine in custody. As they were doing so, Officer Henry reports detecting the smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Budwine. Henry reports the suspect's speech was also slurred.
Budwine was taken into custody and transported to Baptist Hospital in Orange due to a "slight injury to his left eye," officers report. He reportedly refused treatment and was then transported to the Orange County Jail.