Man Who Ran From Police Accused Of Driving Drunk In Stolen Car

Ronnell Burns was arrested after Mentor Police K9 found and bit him

A man is accused of -- among other things -- driving a stolen car while drunk.

A driver called Mentor Police at about 1:21 a.m. Friday because he was following another driver in a 1995 Ford truck who appeared to be drunk, Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said.

A Mentor officer saw the truck in the Hopkins and Plains Road neighborhoods, began to follow it and saw it swerving over the road, Zbiegien said.

When the officer signalled for the truck to pull over, the driver -- Ronnell Burns, 23, of Painesville -- sped up instead, Zbiegien said.

The truck drove as fast as 65 mph on the residential roads until it tried to turn west onto Lake Shore Boulevard near the Hopkins intersection. Then Burns lost control of the truck and drove onto a front lawn, Zbiegien said.

At this point, Burns got out of the car and ran away.

The officer called in Mentor Police K9 Titan to help find the suspect. Titan sniffed out Burns to the 8300 block of Harbor Drive where he was hiding beneath a tarp and boat trailer, Zbiegien said.

Mentor Police repeatedly told Burns to come out from under the tarp but he refused so Titan bit him twice, Zbiegien said.

After the second bite, officers were able to arrest Burns.

Police took Burns to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township as a safety precaution where he was treated for his injuries. While there, doctors also took a blood sample to test if Burns was drunk while driving. Then police took Burns to Mentor City Jail.

Burns was charged with receiving stolen property, driving while drunk, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, not having a license, speeding and swerving over marked lanes.

Burns was arraigned Monday morning in Mentor Municipal Court. Acting Judge Paul Miller set his bond at $105,000, which was not posted.

Burns' next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Jason Lea November 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Fleeing and eluding is a felony. But he wasn't charged with that. He was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business -- both misdemeanors.
Anne November 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I'm very glad the criminal was apprehended and locked up, but the high speed chase (it seems like that's what it was) scares me a bit in a residential area. I wish the police could have alerted other squad cars to head him off somewhere in a safer manner. That front lawn that the criminal drove onto and ended up on, could have been the home instead, with injuries caused.
David November 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Good job MPD! Keep these thugs out of here!!!
David G November 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
To the above liberals who don't feel that the police need to chase criminals. What should we do, allow stolen cars to drive around the city and just take off from the police whenever they feel like it? Yes there is always danger in a police chase but danger is part of police work. Lets not apologize for the police doing good police work. We need this in this city, take a look around. This isn't the mentor of 15 years ago. I'm a resident who is proud to see people like this rounded up. I certainly wouldn't be happy if the article read "drunk felon drives away from mentor police in a stolen car." I'm sure plenty of other residents agree with me.
Bryan November 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I believe the 'liberals' were referring to the safety of the children and residents of the neighborhood, we all know police work is dangerous please read all the details... conservative. I agree though good job MPD!


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