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Man accused of struggling with officers, possessing meth arrested

Putnam deputies say Danny Ray Redman Jr., 48, was arrested Monday on warrants for obstructing, fleeing and possession with meth. (WCHS/WVAH)

Putnam County deputies said they arrested a man wanted on warrants from a July 2017 incident when Hurricane police said he ran from police, struggled with an officer and was found with a methamphetamine pipe.

Danny Ray Redman Jr., 48, was arrested Monday on warrants for obstructing, fleeing and possession with meth, according to a post on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

A criminal complaint filed in Putnam County said that on July 31, 2017, Hurricane police made a traffic stop on Putnam Avenue when they saw three people in a vehicle who were not wearing a seat belt. Police said an officer was speaking with Redman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle.

Redman suddenly took off running toward Conner Street with an officer giving chase, the complaint said. The suspect went inside the Putnam Auction House and the officer was able to take him to the ground. Police said the officer believed the suspect was trying to get close to a weapon and the officer struck him with a closed fist before they were able to take him into custody.

Police said Redman told them he fled from officers because he was scared because he had a meth pipe on him. An officer then found a pipe with 7 grams of suspected meth, the complaint said.

The complaint said police contacted 911 and requested medical attention for Redman, but he refused medical treatment. Police told Redman that they would be getting warrants once he was cleared medically.

Redman is currently being held in the Western Regional Jail.

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