Created on Monday, 26 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A suspect was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple charges including felony fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and drunk driving following a high-speed pursuit that criss-crossed the city.
Shawn Burkepile, 24, of 348 E. Sandusky Ave., Apt. 14, reportedly was traveling northbound on Main Street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he was observed weaving in and out of lanes by patrolling officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department.
The driver turned left into Tim Horton’s restaurant, 514 S. Main St., as police attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver then reportedly fled through a rear alley, weaving the entire way and nearly missing a utility pole.
The chase continued though a southbound alley until he got to the intersection at Lincoln Avenue when he attempted a right turn and ran over a stop sign situated on the northeast corner of the intersection, police report.
Unphased after striking the street sign, Mr. Burkepile reportedly made his way toward south Detroit Street, traveling the wrong way along the one-way stretch of road and reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph.
As the chase continued through the city, the suspect reportedly struck a second traffic sign, this time in the 300 block of east Sandusky Avenue. Police report the suspect struck another street sign as he continued along Sandusky Avenue, which caused him to stop temporarily in the middle of the road near the Stanley Street intersection.
The chase resumed when Mr. Burkepile turned southbound on Stanley Street before proceeding onto Columbus Avenue, where he allegedly just missed striking several parked cars along the right side of the road.
The chase concluded when the driver turned into a subdivision behind Reservoir Road. He traveled along east Glen Drive before making a left at Woodglen Circle and reaching a dead end at the cul de sac.
The suspect reportedly attempted to drive his vehicle off the road and down a grassy embankment near a residence at 1109 Woodglen Drive. His car got stuck in the grass and officers converged on the vehicle and arrested the suspect.
He was charged with three counts each of failure to control and leaving the scene of a crash. Additionally, police charged the suspect with a marked lanes violation, reckless operation, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.
The suspect refused to submit to a breath test. He did not report any injuries. The car was towed from the scene.
Also assisting were deputies of the Logan County Sheriff's Office.