April 3, 2014

Drunk man arrested after fleeing from deputies

A Michigan man driving a moped drunk was stopped by deputies late Wednesday. He fled into the water and was apprehended on an offshore mangrove island with the help of a good Samaritan.

Deputy Joshua Gordon spotted 34 year old David Burns driving erratically on a moped on Maloney Avenue at 11 p.m. He saw Burns almost tip over several times, and almost hit another moped so he attempted to catch up with him to do a traffic stop. The moped turned into a campground on Maloney Avenue and, when Deputy Gordon turned in also, he saw the moped on the ground and saw Burns crawling underneath a parked truck in an attempt to hide. He ordered Burns out from under the truck. Burns attempted again to flee on foot, but was detained. The deputy could smell the odor of alcohol on his breath. He called for backup and Deputy Edgar Piniero responded to assist.

Deputy Gordon asked Burns to participate in field sobriety exercises and he agreed. Just prior to starting, however, Burns again ran from the officers, jumping into the water and beginning to swim away. A man on a skiff was passing by and Burns climbed onto the vessel. The man operating the skiff began to head back in to shore. When Burns realized where the man was taking him, he again jumped into the water.

Burns swam to a small mangrove island just offshore. The man with the small boat agreed to take the deputies to the island to apprehend Burns. The deputies found Burns and took him into custody. The good Samaritan boater took all of them back to shore. The tag on the moped belonged to another vehicle so the moped was towed.

Burns failed field sobriety exercises and, when given a breathalyzer test to measure his blood alcohol content, he registered above .20 both times he was given the test. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol., two counts of resisting arrest, attaching a tag not assigned to a vehicle and careless driving. He was booked into jail.

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