Car theft sus­pect ar­rested af­ter po­lice chase

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER


— An Elkton man is fac­ing charges in two states af­ter al­legedly steal­ing a car from out­side Steak & Main and then lead­ing po­lice on a chase that ended in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Justin Michael Burchette, 32, is be­ing held in Penn­syl­va­nia, and is cur­rently await­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Mary­land.


Trooper Regi­nald Easter­ling with Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice said Burchette is charged there with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, flee­ing and elud­ing, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, pos­ses­sion of co­caine and para­pher­na­lia and a dozen traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

North East Po­lice Chief Dar­rell Hamil­ton said An­thony Co­vatta, owner of the 2007 Cadil­lac Es­calade, re­ported his SUV stolen at around 8 p.m. Fri­day.

“Our of­fi­cers put out an (all points bulletin),” Hamil­ton said.

Mas­ter Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Ge­orge Vanasky from the Ris­ing Sun Po­lice Depart­ment said he heard the re­port of the theft on po­lice ra­dio and he and Mas­ter Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Daniel Stick­ney saw the car drive by mo­ments later at about 9 p.m.

Vanasky and Stick­ney tried to pull the car over but the driver gunned the en­gine and drove off, Vanasky said.

“We chased him into Penn­syl­va­nia,” he said.

Dur­ing the chase, Vanasky said speeds topped 100 mph.

As the chase neared Quar­ryville, Pa., on Route 272 north of Route 372, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice set out spike strips.

“The flee­ing ve­hi­cle was trav­el­ing at a high rate of speed and en­dan­ger­ing the citizens of the Com­mon­wealth,” reads a state­ment writ­ten by Trooper Frank J. Gawel of the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice.

The SUV wrecked into a fence and Burchette fled, but was quickly cap­tured, Vanasky said.

“We have war­rants charg­ing him with the stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cle,” Hamil­ton said Mon­day. “Ris­ing Sun and Penn­syl­va­nia will likely charge him with flee­ing and elud­ing, but then re­lin­quish him to us.”

No one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

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