Wanted fugitive arrested by Carroll County deputies

New River Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Carroll County Sheriff’s Office)

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A woman who had been a wanted fugitive for more than three years was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

On Monday, Jan. 18, a deputy was observing traffic on I-77 near mile marker 10 when he saw an SUV following a vehicle at an unsafe distance. As the deputy began to follow the vehicle, he observed the SUV cross the fog line multiple times. The vehicle exited the interstate and continued to cross the line.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop. When asked to show her license, the driver gave the deputy a driver’s license and stated she was the person on the license. However, the deputy noticed the image did not match the driver. After continuing to provide false identity, she eventually identified herself as 42-year-old Dana Rebecca Parks.

A warrant check on Parks showed active probation violations from Wythe County and Carroll County. In addition, she was also on the local Probation and Parole’s most wanted list.

After waiving her Miranda Rights, Parks reportedly said she had a meth pipe and methamphetamine. Authorities found a smoking device common with the use of illegal narcotics and a bag containing a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine during a search of the vehicle.

Parks was transported to a magistrate, where the outstanding probation violations were served, as well as newly-obtained warrants for possession of a Schedule I/II Drug (methamphetamine), falsely identifying herself to law enforcement, and stolen identity. Parks was later transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail under no bond.

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