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Wanted Pulaski man Cody Drain arrested in Wythe County

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR News) - A Pulaski man wanted for several days has been arrested in Wythe County. 

26-year-old Cody Drain was arrested on the 2200 block of Reed Creek Road in Wythe County just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

According to Major Anthony Cline with the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, the department received a tip that Drain was at a home in the 2100 block of Reed Creek Drive.

Deputies said they found five people inside the house when they arrived. Of those five, two of them were wanted fugitives: Christopher Lamount Payton and Josh Safewright. They were both arrested on outstanding warrants. Payton was wanted on 2 counts of probation violation and Safewright was wanted on failure to appear in Pulaski Circuit Court. Drain was not inside the house.

"This is really a nice place to live, but evidently people think it's a nice place to do bad things," says neighborhood resident Robyn Widelo. 

Deputies said they were told Drain had left the home 30-minutes before. Deputies received a tip when Drain had returned to the home. Once they got there Drain was reportedly seen running in a field near the intersection of Reed Creek and New River. Once he was surrounded by deputies, Drain jumped into the creek. 

"The water level was high due to the recent rains. Drain was in the cold water shortly before giving up and swimming to the bank. He was taken into custody once he made it back to the creek embankment," a spokesman revealed. 

"There have been several instances on this road in the last little bit, so I was like really, another one?" says Widelo. 

The search for him began on December 30 when according to deputies, they spotted a vehicle that was reported stolen. However, when deputies tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver reportedly failed to stop, sparking a chase.

The deputies were eventually able to stop the car and arrest 22-year-old Cynthia Turpin and charged her with narcotics possession and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Deputies also took Drain into custody. However, he is accused of getting out of his restraints partially and stealing the deputy's vehicle. 

Deputies found the vehicle abandoned at the end of Elliott Creek Road in the Pilot area of Montgomery County. 

Deputies then heard from a resident on the 1200 block of Bowhill Road who reported clothes matching the suspects on their property. 

On January 1, the Wythe County Sheriff's Office found a stolen vehicle they believe Drain had taken abandoned in Rural Retreat. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is thanking the following departments who they say helped them find Drain and arrest him:

Christiansburg Police Department

Blacksburg Police Department

Wythe County Sheriff’s Office

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

Pulaski Police Department

Radford Police Department

U. S. Marshal’s


The Wythe County Sheriff's Department is charging Drain with the following:

  • Grand Larceny Toyota Tacoma
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy
  • Felony Elude
  • Resisting Arrest

According to authorities, more charges are possible because narcotics were allegedly found in Drain's pockets.

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