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Police chase in Harlan County ends with arrest of a New York man

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

From the Harlan Enterprise

Ian Burnham - HCDC

A man from Canton, N.Y., was recently arrested after a pursuit in Cumberland ended with a vehicle crashing into an O’Reilly’s truck in Harlan.

28 year old Ian Burnham, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department Sgt. Tyler Hensley on Thursday January 23, 2020

According to the citation, Officer Hensley attempted to stop Burnham after allegedly observing him weaving across all lanes of traffic on U.S. 119, continuing to do so after failing to stop when lights and sirens were activated.

During the pursuit, Burnham allegedly ran other vehicles off the road and attempted to strike another officer’s vehicle before crashing into the rear of an O’Reilly’s truck on U.S. 421. A total of eight officers were involved in the chase.

Picture submitted to HE by Martin De Heer

Sgt. Hensley said Burnham smelled of alcohol and possessed a pipe with residue in his pocket, adding his eyes were dilated and he was very aggressive. Burnham was afforded 15 minutes to contact an attorney, but refused requested tests, according to the citation.

Unconfirmed reports add the vehicle contained rounds of ammo that were set off after the crash when the vehicle caught fire.

Burnham was charged with reckless driving, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burnham was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $25,000 full-cash bond, but was release the next day after posting 10%.

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