Virginia State Police and the Sussex County Sheriff's Office are looking for 39-year-old Dorel Pickett.
Police say an officer stopped a vehicle around 5:56 a.m. Tuesday for a traffic stop. Inside were two people with narcotics.
Police say Pickett ran into the woods. There was a search underway on Route 301 and Galley Road, off exit 31. Police set up a perimeter on both roads. The search has since been scaled back for the night due to the thunderstorms. Roads are now open. Deputies are patrolling the area and will be for the night.
Federal agencies are assisting with the search. Police do not know if Pickett is armed but are considering him dangerous.
The passenger in the vehicle was arrested.
Pickett is described as wearing a camouflage jacket, 6'1", 240 lbs with a stocky build. Police are going door-to-door to let them know about the man hunt but have not evacuated anyone at this time.
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