The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a fugitive who has evaded capture since March 2, 2012 after skipping court on numerous charges. Keith William Brown, 54 years old of Waynesboro, was arrested without incident today around 2:00 pm in the 400 block of Essex Ave near the former Hopeman Brothers building. Officers received an anonymous tip on the location of Brown who was found inside the camper part of a tractor cab. The only effort he made to avoid apprehension was to conceal himself with a blanket. It is not known who owns the vehicle. His arrest comes after nearly five months of criminal activity and dangerous attempts to evade arrest by Brown.
On December 5, 2011, Brown was charged with felony eluding, felony driving as an habitual offender, and misdemeanor hit & run after he crashed into the S Wayne Ave river bridge after fleeing from a police officer attempting to stop him for a routine traffic infraction. Brown jumped from the bridge into the South River after the crash. He was taken to Augusta Health for injuries that he sustained from the crash and plunge into the river. He left the hospital prematurely to avoid arrest.
On January 16, 2012, officers were trying to locate Brown at a residence off North Delphine Ave when he was spotted trying to drive away. After a short pursuit, the officers arrested Brown after his vehicle became disabled. He attempted to flee on foot but was caught quickly. Brown received additional charges for felony eluding and felony driving as an habitual offender.
In addition to the Waynesboro charge for failure to appear, Brown was served with a felony warrant obtained by the Virginia State Police for failing to re-register as a violent sex offender and an capias from Albemarle County Circuit Court for probation violations.
He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.