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Melbourne man keeps on going ... and going

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Melbourne man faces multiple charges after running from Izard County authorities twice in one night.

On the evening of Dec. 16 Thomas Noble McBurney, 49, was seen driving a white Dodge traveling south along Highway 9.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said he met McBurney traveling in his vehicle near the Melbourne Senior Citizens Center. Lawrence said McBurney was driving recklessly, speeding and passing several vehicles at a time in no passing zones.

When Lawrence initiated what he said "should have been a routine traffic stop," McBurney fled.

Izard County authorities soon discovered McBurney in his vehicle parked among some trees near Belview Baptist Church.

When authorities approached McBurney they asked him to exit the vehicle; instead, he again sped away, authorities said.

A computer check at the Izard County Sheriff's Office revealed McBurney's name and address. When authorities arrived at McBurney's residence, he was there, Lawrence said.

After authorities identified McBurney as the driver, he was arrested and charged with two counts of fleeing from authorities, improper passing, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

McBurney was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting bond and is awaiting his Jan. 5 District Court date.



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