Local man charged after fleeing from officers


BUCKHANNONOne local man was charged after leading officers on a chase, ultimately ended in his arrest back on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

John David Burgess, age 36, of Buckhannon, is held at North Central Regional Jail (NCRJ) following the 2021 crime. According to court documents, on Tuesday, October 19, Officer Kreamer of the Buckhannon City Police Department observed a male, later identified as Burgess, driving a Yamaha Motorcycle on North Locust Street. The motorcycle allegedly did not have a working license plate light and nearly struck a vehicle stopped for traffic in a construction zone.

The criminal complaint states that Officer Kreamer attempted to stop the defendant, however the defendant failed to stop for the lights and sirens. The defendant proceeded to lead the officers on a pursuit headed east bound on Route 33. During the chase, the defendant reached speeds of over 120 mph with a passenger. The defendant turned onto Kesling Mill Road where he passed a vehicle on a double yellow line.

Once on Kesling Ridge Road, the defendant let his passenger off the bike before speeding away again. The pursuit ended when the defendant failed to navigate a turn properly and wrecked.

Harrison County Magistrate Frank A. Demarco remanded the defendant to NCRJ with a bond in place of $10,000 cash or surety.

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