Motorist faces 13 charges after chase
Tyler Austin Burns, 19, of 1056 W. Fourth St., faces 13 charges, including fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, for an incident that occurred while he was driving along Route 220 northbound on Nov. 22.
At the end of a pursuit, the man allegedly got out of his car and told a state trooper to shoot him.
State Trooper Gary Beadle, of the Montoursville barricks, said he clocked Burns driving at a rate of 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer said he turned on his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull Burns, over but the driver didn’t stop, according to an affidavit.
Burns turned right onto the Maynard Street exit, with state police in pursuit, according to the affidavit.
During the chase, Beadle got information from the state police communications center that Burns had called 911 stating he was going to crash his car and kill himself, according to the affdavit.
As he drove along Maynard Street, Burns went through a red light and used a left-turn-only lane to drive straight at the intersection of Maynard and West Third Street.
He continued down the road to his place of residence, where he and two passengers got out of the vehicle, according to the officer.
Beadle got out of his car and pointed his gun at Burns, who then told the trooper to shoot him because he is suicidal, according to the affidavit.
Burns and his passengers were taken into custody and Burns was taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for a mental evaluation.
Burns’s bail is set at $5,000 and he waived his preliminary hearing.