Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Pedal pusher caught

Rodney_BurnsAre two wheels better than four? A Minden man has learned the hard way, you can't out-pedal the police.

Rodney Burns, 43, of the 800 block of S. Talton, was arrested Monday night for possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana) with intent to distribute after he tried to escape police on a bicycle. He was caught carrying 12 grams of the illegal substance on his person.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said around 8 p.m., the police department received phone calls from at least two persons claiming to have seen Burns dressed in black clothing and riding a bicycle in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and East Street.

"The reports we got were that he had a lot of marijuana on his person," Cropper said. "Sgt. Wayne Young went to that location and saw a man answering Burns' description on a bicycle on East Street."

Young reportedly tried to make contact with Burns who began to pedal faster in an effort to get away from the officer.

"Sgt. Young activated his lights and siren and actually pursued him down Martin Luther King to the intersection of Talton Street," Cropper said. "When he turned south on Talton, the officer was able to position his patrol car to block him and keep him from going any farther down the road."

At that point, Burns reportedly dropped the bicycle and began walking away.

According to the chief, the officer stopped Burns and performed a pat-down for weapons.

"Burns had a knife in his pocket, and when the officer retrieved the knife, he also located a small bag of marijuana," Cropper said. "Burns was arrested and after he was in custody, a more thorough searched revealed a large bag of marijuana in his wallet."

Burns was also charged with fleeing an officer.






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