Police officer nearly run over by shoplifting suspect

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and ERIN COKER and JOHN FISHER

kvue.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 6:22 PM

ROUND ROCK -- A Round Rock police officer is recovering after a robbery goes terribly wrong.

Police say on Aug. 17, officers were called to the Old Navy store at 2701 Parker Drive. Major Lee Burkes, Jr., 46, was running away from the store after being suspected of stealing items.

When officers arrived, Burkes led them on a foot chase for about 30 yards before he jumped into a 2009 blue Ford Escape. One officer opened the passenger side door and drew his service weapon, pointing it at Burkes.

According to the arrest affidavit, Burkes looked at the officer and began backing up the car. The officer said he immediately feared for his life. He was able to break free of the car before being dragged.

Burkes sped away, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. After a few minutes he bailed out of the Ford Escape and began running on foot. Officer eventually caught up with him.

Burkes is now charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest and theft.

Burkes is currently in the Williamson County Jail.

 

 

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