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Norwich police: Jewett City man tried to flee through Occum woods

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Norwich — A Jewett City man wanted on a felony drug charge in Rhode Island eluded officers for about two hours Tuesday evening in the Occum woods after he fled as police stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked near a vacant house on Baltic Road, police say.

Brandon Burnett, 22, of 1531 Glasgo Road, U-124, Jewett City, was charged at 7 p.m. Tuesday with being a fugitive from justice, misuse of plates, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance and interfering with police. Police said Burnett was wanted in Rhode Island for failing to appear in court for an arraignment on a felony narcotics charge. He was held in lieu of a $100,000 bond on the fugitive charge, and a $5,000 bond on the other charges.

Police said they were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked near a vacant house on Baltic Road. The driver, Burnett, was seen running into the woods bordering the Shetucket River. Police called for a K-9 unit to track him. He was not found initially, but police said a witness reported seeing someone further down the road, and the tracking resumed.

Burnett was spotted by an officer and ran back into the woods. He was located by the K-9 and detained by police.

Police then learned Burnett had been wanted in Rhode Island “for a fully extraditable arrest warrant." Police said the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

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