May 10, 2012

Sixteen-Year-Old Leads Law on Pursuit Topping 100 MPH

A Downing youth wasted little time putting his driver's license at jeopardy, leading local law enforcement on a high-speed chase across Scotland County just weeks after his 16th birthday.

According to the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, Ryan S. Burkholder, 16, was taken into custody west of Memphis on Highway 136 after ending a chase that began on Highway 15 south of Memphis.

Court documents indicate the a sheriff's deputy initially clocked the 2007 Dodge Charger driven by Burkholder, doing 74 mph in the posted 55 mph zone on Highway 15, five miles south of the Highway 136 junction. The officer turned around and began to pursue the vehicle northbound on Highway 15.

The fleeing vehicle was slowed by traffic, before passing a log truck at the intersection of Highway 136, failing to stop at the stop sign before turning west on Highway 136.

The vehicle failed to yield to the sheriff's department vehicle with emergency lights engaged, and continued westbound on Highway 136.

According to the court documents, the sheriff's deputy clocked the Burkholder vehicle traveling 104 mph in a 60 mph zone near the Memphis airport, before it sped up and pulled away from the pursuing officer.

Finally the vehicle pulled over east of the County Road #650 intersection.

Burkholder was taken into custody and transported to the Scotland County Sheriff's office. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Lakeside Towing.

Burkholder was ticketed for exceeding the posted speed limit by 26 mph or more, a class B misdemeanor. He also was ticketed for driving a vehicle to the left side of a roadway within 100 feet of an intersection, a Class C misdemeanor, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle sounding its siren and displaying emergency lights, a class A misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Karl DeMarce on May 15th at 9 a.m. for arraignment.

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