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Driver accused of dragging state cop across parking lot, fleeing at speeds over 100 mph

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:35:22 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 04 2013 11:54:08 AM EST

An Allentown man is accused of nearly running over a state trooper


An Allentown man is facing a long list of charges for almost driving over a state trooper and fleeing at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour while under the influence of drugs, police said.

It all started around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when police said a trooper went to pull over 22-year-old Robert Joseph Burns III for failing to yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection of Canal Street and Main Road in Franklin Twp., Carbon Co.

Burns pulled over in the nearby Wells Fargo parking lot. Police said Trooper Michael Sofranko observed Burns to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and saw heroin and drug paraphernalia in plain view.


Police said Burns repeatedly refused to get out of the vehicle. When the trooper attempted to remove Burns from the vehicle, Burns grabbed onto the trooper's wrist and began driving away, dragging the trooper across the parking lot.

The trooper was able to break free, get into his vehicle, and follow Burns along Route 209 North.

Police said Burns exceeded speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before he crashed while trying to turn onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike at interchange 74.

Burns' vehicle ran off the road and went airborne after going over a berm. The vehicle rolled down an embankment before coming to a rest about 80 feet from the roadway, police said.

Burns is being treated for injuries at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown and will be arraigned following his release.

Burns is facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing, resisting arrest, DUI and various traffic violations.