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Police chases ends in vehicle crash, arrest

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.

Ian Burnham, 28, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officer Tyler Hensley on Jan. 23.

According to the citation, 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.

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 also refused his right to an attorney and 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.

In other police activity:

• Donald Lamb, 20, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Jan. 17. He was charged with first-degree rape and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,500 full-cash bond with bail credit;

• Sim York, 45, of Baxter, was arrested by Harlan Police Department officers on Jan. 17. He was charged with two counts first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), giving an officer false identifying information, possession of drug paraphernalia, serving parole violation warrant, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, possession of license when privileges are revoked, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license and failure to/improper signal. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, 10 percent with bail credit, and an additional $2,500 full-cash bond;

• Jeffery Jones, 45, of Cumberland, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Jan. 21. He was charged as a fugitive from another state (warrant required) and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with a waived extradition;

• John Mackey, 29, of Lynch, was arrested by Evarts Police Department officers on Jan. 23. He was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond, 10 percent with bail credit;

• Timothy Brock, 57, of Wallins, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Jan. 23. He was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license (DUI), possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to wear seat belts, failure to produce insurance card, failure to owner to maintain required insurance, no registration receipt, no registration plates and speeding (13 mph over limit). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with no bond set.