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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A man carrying stolen police equipment was arrested after leading police on a multi-county chase Tuesday night. According to Monroe Police.

Roger Desmond Burns III of Indian Trail was placed in the Union County Detention Center on $750,000 bail and following accusation:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon on a government official
  • Possession of a stolen motor vehicle
  • Opiate trafficking
  • Destruction of evidence
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Aggravated escape to avoid arrest

The situation began around 11:45 p.m. when officers said they attempted to stop Burns for having an incorrect license plate.

According to police, Burns attempted to back out of a parking space when he realized he was being stopped. His response was to “intentionally ram his vehicle into a Union County Sheriff's deputy's patrol car” to evade the traffic stop.

A chase then began, which authorities said led to Interstate 485 in Mecklenburg County. Officers described Burns' driving as “extremely reckless” and said he ignored numerous red lights and drove into the oncoming lane. A Union County officer eventually ended the chase on Providence Road with a forced vehicle stop that disabled Burns' car.

“He [Burns] had discarded bags of methamphetamine and fentanyl,” the department wrote. “The vehicle Burns was driving had been reported stolen in York County, South Carolina. Burns was in possession of items stolen from a federal agency, including a bulletproof vest, handcuffs, an agent's badges, and police patches.”

In addition, police said Burns was carrying a replica handgun, a holster and detachable flashlights.

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