Police nab suspect on the run

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

A man wanted on a warrant fled from police officers Wednesday afternoon but didn’t make it very far before he was apprehended, said Police Chief Pap Henderson.

Sean Burnett, 21, of 1811 Nocona Lane, was arrested Wednesday near the Brookhaven First Church of the Nazarene parsonage.

Officers recognized Burnett, who was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault, pulling out of a parking lot on Fred Walley Drive, Henderson said.

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From there, officers followed him to Hartman Street and attempted to pull him over. Driving a 2003 Oldsmobile, he allegedly fled onto Congress Street and up Union Church Road toward the Church of the Nazarene.

In the process, authorities said he struck a vehicle in front of Central Millworks.

“It appears he lost control and hit a narcotics officer’s vehicle,” Henderson said.

The officer driving the vehicle was unhurt and vehicle remained drivable, the chief said. Damage is confined to the driver’s side.

Following the collision, Burnett fled on foot but was apprehended in the front yard of the First Church of the Nazarene’s parsonage. Though he initially fled, the suspect was subdued by officers with minimal resistance.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” Henderson said.

A gun was recovered from Burnett, but Henderson did have information available regarding the firearm.

About four officers were involved in the arrest.

Burnett faces two counts of aggravated assault (the warrant charges), resisting arrest, failure to yield to blue lights, no proof of liability insurance, expired driver’s license, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, no seatbelt and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a vehicle.

As of Thursday morning, Burnett remained in jail.