Suspect in evading case turns self in to officials
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 04, 2014 | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Cleveland man turned himself in to law enforcement 13 hours after he reportedly ran from police.

Joshua Dwayne Burdin, 28, was charged with felony evading and other charges after he led Charleston Police officer David Spandau on a lengthy chase into McMinn County.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours Thursday, according to Spandau.

Spandau noted in Burdin’s warrant for his arrest, that he observed a motorcycle traveling too closely to a tractor-trailer rig.

Spandau initiated a traffic stop and the rider of the motorcycle accelerated north on Hiwassee Street, traveling through the Charleston and into Calhoun.

Spandau said the pursuit led deeper into McMinn County and Calhoun police officers also got involved.

According to the warrant, the rider of the motorcycle passed numerous cars in an attempt to evade police.

Eventually, the rider stopped his motorcycle and fled into a wooded area where a foot-search was conducted. 10th Judicial Drug Task Force and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials also helped officers in an attempt to track the suspect, who had been identified as Burdin.

Various forms of identification and other evidence were collected, leading to his identification.

According to Spandau, Burdin was also charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, resisting stop, halt and frisk and following too closely.

He was booked into the Bradley County Jail Thursday afternoon.

- A desktop computer was among items taken from an apartment located on Bell Street.

A report filed by deputy Anthony Liner named Diane Strong as the victim of the burglary.

According to his report, Strong returned home Wednesday morning to find someone had taken her Hewlett-Packard computer, assorted clothing and hair care supplies.

A possible suspect in the burglary was identified and the lead was passed on to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division for follow-up.

Strong estimated her loss at $1,080.