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Huntingdon man faces multiple charges

Burd accused of fleeing police and firearm possession

A Huntingdon man on parole has been jailed on charges of fleeing an officer and possessing a firearm.

Michael Joseph Burd, 43, was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner on felony charges of possession of a prohibited firearm, fleeing/attempting to elude an officer, carrying a firearm without a license and flight to avoid apprehension, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license is suspended or revoked due to DUI. He also faces summary traffic violations.

The Williamsburg Police Department on March 30 received a call from a state parole officer stating that Burd had fled, was headed over Williamsburg Mountain and was probably armed. According to court documents, Burd nearly hit officers while fleeing the scene in a green Chevrolet Blazer.

Williamsburg police were asked to stop Burd, as parole officers had an active warrant for him.

The Williamsburg police chief tried to stop Burd when he came into the area but Burd passed a tri-axle truck on East First Street and continued at a high rate of speed, traveling through a stop sign and turning onto Yellow Spring Drive. Burd passed two other vehicles in a no passing zone and at an intersection, according to the report.

Because it was raining, the temperature was 31 degrees and there were sharp turns ahead, the chief broke off the pursuit and followed at a slower pace.

Burd’s vehicle was located behind a house along Beagle Club Road, and when the chief stopped, Burd drove through the yard in front of the police vehicle and into another yard, then continued north on Yellow Spring Drive for another mile or so until the vehicle ran out of gas, according to court documents.

Burd got out of the vehicle and ran on foot through a field toward the woods. Despite being told multiple times to stop, he continued running, the chief reported. Knowing that Burd could be armed, the chief waited for backup.

With a perimeter set up on Route 22, Canoe Mountain Road and Yellow Spring Drive, Burd was taken into custody after a foot chase. Police said Burd threw something when they got close and a Ruger .380 was found nearby. In addition, two knives and suspected drug paraphernalia were found on Burd, police reported.

A search warrant on Burd’s vehicle turned up a glass pipe with melted white and brown residue in the center console, court records state.

Burd was turned over to state police.

Unable to post $75,000 cash bail Monday, Burd was remanded to the Blair County Prison. He is scheduled to appear before Aigner for a preliminary hearing May 31.

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