A wanted fugitive is on the loose in Albemarle County. Police searched for Michael Nelson Currier near the Mt. Eagle Baptist Church in Scottsville for several hours Wednesday afternoon.
Police say an officer recognized him as he was driving on Thomas Jefferson Parkway, and tried to pull him over. Currier reportedly stopped, jumped out of the vehicle, and ran from the scene.
Currier is wanted for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, grand larceny, a probation violation and breaking and entering with intent to commit felony.
The sheriff's office and county police, along with the help of canines, searched for him in five different locations near the church and stopped traffic to search for him on certain areas of the road.
Police say even though he is wanted on four felonies, they do not think the community is any immediate danger.
Carter Johnson of the Albemarle County Police Department said, "We understand there's going to be some concern because he was in the area earlier today and we're not sure where he is now, but we don't believe he's posing a threat to the community directly."
Because of that, the active search was stopped at about 3:30 p.m. Police are asking the public to keep an eye out. If you see anything suspicious, call the police department at 434-296-5807.
Albemarle County Police Press Release
Albemarle County Police are searching for Michael Nelson Currier. Deputies with the Sheriff's Department saw Currier, recognized him as wanted and attempted to pull him over.
Currier took off running, leaving his vehicle on Milton Road, off of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway.
Officers are searching the area now. K9 officers are also on scene trying to track Currier.
Currier is wanted on four active felonies, including possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
We are asking the community to be on alert. Call the police department if you see anything suspicious.