Chase lands resident in jail

Posted: August 9, 2014

The Winchester Star

Joshua Dillon Burkhart

WINCHESTER — A city man is being held without bond after allegedly fleeing police in a vehicle Thursday night.

Joshua Dillon Burkhart, 24, is charged with eluding police, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana and numerous other traffic infractions.

He remains at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

According to Sgt. Frank Myrtle, of the Winchester Police Department, an officer was on patrol at about 7 p.m. Thursday in the area of Piccadilly Street and East Lane.

He allegedly saw Burkhart driving a vehicle in the area and had knowledge that his license was suspended.

The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Burkhart headed north on Kent Street “at a high rate of speed,” disregarding traffic signs and stop signs, according to Myrtle.

He said the officer terminated the pursuit for safety reasons and the vehicle was later located in the area of Smithfield and Liberty avenues on the city’s north side.

A witness at the scene told police that Burkhart fled the area on foot before their arrival.

Myrtle said police found what appeared to be marijuana in the vehicle Burkhart was driving.

The officers obtained warrants for Burkhart’s arrest, but he was not located.

Burkhart turned himself in at the local jail on Friday.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com