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A Spotsylvania County man who police say abducted and abused his ex-girlfriend before leading police on a car and foot chase is now in custody.

Deputies responded to the 11900 block of Belfonte Road near Lake Anna at about 10 a.m. Saturday for a domestic violence call.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the female victim told dispatchers that she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.

The communications officer told deputies who were on their way to the scene that the woman was heard being forced in a car to leave the area, Pearce said.

When deputies arrived, they were both gone, he said.

Police began to search the area and put out an alert to surrounding jurisdictions to be on the lookout for a dark gray Dodge Challenger with Maryland tags and to be concerned about the welfare of the woman and her possible injuries, he said.

Virginia State Police spotted a vehicle matching the description at about noon in the area of Lewiston Road in Spotsylvania.

Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the male driver continued to evade police, Pearce said. A woman was sitting on the passenger’s side.

The driver then led police on a brief chase by car on Minor Lane and then ran out on foot into a nearby wood line, where they lost sight of him, Pearce said.

Spotsylvania deputies set up a perimeter and a canine track search began in a densely wooded area behind the Rockland Estates subdivision, he said.

Witnesses observed a man hiding behind some homes in the area of Piney Forest Drive and called 911, Pearce said.

While keeping the witness on the phone, the communications officer led deputies and the canine team to the location where the man was hiding, Pearce said.

The man disregarded the deputy’s commands to surrender and fled on foot again, Pearce said. He was then apprehended by a canine after a brief pursuit and deputies were able to subdue him without further incident, Pearce said.

Ross Carter, 42, is charged with felony abduction and malicious wounding. He was transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was treated for the injuries she received during the abduction, Pearce said.

She was listed in good condition and released from the hospital.