LOUDOUN SHERIFF NEWS BEAT: Ronald Bryan Smith slammed door on deputy’s hand, punched him and took off in Dukes of Hazzard-style race from cops until he was deflated
ASHBURN, VA. – The day of the fleeing felon Ronald Bryan Smith of Ashburn was an adventure he might remember for quite a while as he sits in the Loudoun County Jail, contemplating serious charges involving his attempted escape from the clutches of a deputy.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff, Smith, 47, (DOB 1/13/1974) was taken into custody on January 29, 2021, after a pursuit that began in the Ashburn area and ended on Route 28 southbound near the Dulles Toll Road.
Smith was charged by Deputy K. Lewis with assault on law enforcement, felony eluding, reckless driving, obstruction of justice, and driving without a license. Police say that Smith was also wanted in Fairfax County for reckless driving and felony eluding.
Smith assaulted the deputy and slammed his car door on Deputy’s hand
During the incident, the suspect struggled with the deputy and struck the deputy multiple times. The suspect then closed his car door catching the deputy’s hand and was able to flee in his vehicle.
The incident began after the Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 4 p.m. 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 Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle in the area of Gloucester Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard where the driver was stopped at a gas station. During the incident, the suspect struggled with the deputy and struck the deputy multiple times. The suspect then closed his car door catching the deputy’s hand and was able to flee in his vehicle. A pursuit was initiated.
Police say that the pursuit continued down Russell Branch Parkway, onto Loudoun County Parkway, Route 7 westbound, Route 7 eastbound, and finally Route 28 southbound where the pursuit ended. Loudoun deputies deployed stop sticks in the area of Route 7 near Route 28 causing damage to the tires of the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect 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 fail to follow commands and struggle with the deputies.
Both Smith and the deputy were treated and released from a local hospital for injuries received during the incident.
Smith remains held at the Loudoun County Jail on no bond and has had a date with a judge for a preliminary hearing set for him in Loudoun District Court on March 17, 2021.
Smith was charged with felony robbery in Fairfax County District Court on May 15, 2020, and was released without any bond required by the new Socialist Commonwealth’s Attorney of Fairfax County, Steve Descano. The prosecutor dumped the charge on November 16, 2020. Smith was charged with urinating in public on May 22, 2010, when he had an address of Pottstown, Pa, listed as his residence. The charge was dropped on September 16, 2011.
A peace bond in a domestic violence case was issued by a Prince Georges County District Court Judge against Ronald Bryan Smith on June 7, 2015, and he was awarded the title of “Daddy” on October 17, 2005, in Prince Georges Circuit Court in a hearing in which his DNA was proven to be responsible for the birth of a child. Child support enforcement actions were brought in PG County with the plaintiff listed as Martha G. Warren-Smith, of Clinton, Md. At that time, Smith was listed in court records as living at 167 N. Franklin Street in Pottstown, Pa.