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Routine traffic stop leads to foot pursuit, arrest of wanted Bloomfield man

From left, NCSO Deputy Jerry Hardin, K-9 Willy, NCSO deputies J. Greenwell and AJ Lewis with the suspect in custody, William Keith Riggs.

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 — On Friday afternoon, Bloomfield Police Chief Scott Dennis conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 black GMC SUV with the driver fled on foot behind a tobacco barn.

WILLIAM KEITH RIGGS

Deputies from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office assisted with KSP Trooper Davis and surrounded the area. Deputy Jerry Hardin and his K-9 Willy apprehended the subject in a creek in the Bloomfield area.

The driver, William Keith Riggs, had three outstanding warrants for probation violation (for felony offense); failure to appear; and non-payment of court costs, fees for fines. New charges he faces include operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license; license to be in possession; no registration receipt; fleeing or evading police, first-degree (on foot), and assault third-degree, police or probation officer.

Riggs was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

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