Five Charged, Accused of Helping Fugitive Hide From Authorities

The Wythe County Sheriff's Office said that five people have been charged after they allegedly helped Cody Drain hide from authorities. 

Drain, 26, of Pulaski, was responsible for a three- day state-wide manhunt after he escaped police custody on December 30, 2018, His escape involved three stolen vehicle's, including a Montgomery County deputy's patrol car. 

Police say the people charged lied to investigators and helped Drain from being captured by authorities.  

Nicholas Wayne Alexander Albert, Joshua Mark Saferight, Bridget Leann Martin, James Edward Nelson, and Chase Aaron Martin have al been charged with accessory after the fact in a felony.

Police have also charged Drain with possession with intent to sell hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methamphetamine.  Authorities reportedly found the narcotics in his pockets that were packaged to sell.

UPDATE:  January 2, 2019

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, a Pulaski man who has been on the run since December 30, 2018, has been captured. 

Cody Drain, 26, was taken into custody shortly before 1:00 p.m. today in the 2200 block of Reed Creek Road in Barren Springs which is in Wythe County.  

No further information is available at this time. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  December 30, 2018

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating a suspect who escaped deputy custody.

Officials say a deputy noticed a car near the Radford Travel Center on Tyler Road at around 1:23 a.m. Sunday that had been reported stolen from Pulaski County.

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but they did not stop, and a pursuit ensued. With help from the Christiansburg Police Department and Virginia State Police, the two subjects eventually stopped the car and were arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Officials charged the passenger, 22-year-old Cynthia Renee Turpin of Pulaski, with Narcotics Possession and Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotic.

She is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail with no bond.

The driver of the car, 26-year-old Cody Ryan Drain of Pulaski, was being held in connection to the stolen vehicle and other charges including DUID (Driving Under the Influence - Drugs).

Drain was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital to have his blood drawn to be tested for the DUID. After leaving the hospital, he was taken to the magistrates office in Christiansburg.

While there, officials say Drain was able to partially remove his restraints, gain access to the driving compartment of a deputy's vehicle, and stole it.

Drain abandoned the deputy vehicle at the end of Elliott Creek Road in the Pilot area of Montgomery County and fled on foot.

Search teams from multiple agencies tracked Drain down to the Craigs Mountain Road area, but have not been able to locate him.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone in that area of the county to contact them if they have noticed anything suspicious.

The same goes for anyone with information on Drain's whereabouts.

You can provide any information you have to (540) 382-4343.


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