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Thursday December 2nd

Local Man Arrested After Police Chase

Zachary Burnette, 26, of 182 Brenda Place, sped up in a 1990 Honda Accord in an attempt to elude pursuing officers, reports state.

Burnette then stopped his vehicle and jumped out in an attempt to run from authorities on foot, reports state.

Carrboro police arrested and charged Burnette at 11:41 p.m. on one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and failure to stop for lights. Burnette also was charged with one felony count of speeding to elude, reports state.

Carrboro Police Capt. Joel Booker said Carrboro police were dispatched at 11:08 p.m. after receiving a call for assistance from the Chapel Hill officers.

"Officers responded to a BOLO call -- be on the look out -- from Chapel Hill police officers," Booker said.

Booker said the Carrboro officers were assisting Chapel Hill police because the location of the incident was near the city limit sign.

Reports do not state why police initially attempted to stop Burnette.

After Chapel Hill police lost the subject between Merritt Mill Road and Kenan Street, a Carrboro police officer located the subject near a burnt house off Basnight Lane, reports state.

The suspect spotted the officer and continued running from police, reports state.

Reports state that after being arrested by Carrboro police, Burnette was handed over to Chapel Hill police.

Burnette was placed under a $5,000 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in Orange County District Court in Hillsborough on Wednesday.

Chapel Hill Police spokeswoman Jane Cousins could not be reached for comment.

The City Editor can be reached at citydesk@unc.edu.

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