BLANCHESTER — A Blanchester man was charged with resisting arrest after police say they tried to serve a warrant on him and he locked himself in a room, then fled through several residential yards.
At around 8 p.m. Tuesday Blanchester police officers say they attempted to arrest Brandon Burkhart, 29, in the 200 block of East Fancy Street, Blanchester. According to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt, Burkhart was wanted based on an arrest warrant issued by the Clinton County Municipal Court for failure to appear before the court as ordered in a telephone harassment case.
“Burkhart was found on the front porch, but retreated into the house and locked the door as officers attempted to give chase,” said Reinbolt. “He exited the house through a rear entrance and fled southbound on South Wright Street with Sgt. Gary Mowen in foot pursuit. The chase proceeded through back yards of the homes in that neighborhood until Burkhart surrendered in the back yard of a home in the 400 block of South Wright Street, where he was taken into custody.”
An officer walked the route Burkhart had taken in an attempt to locate any contraband that he might have discarded, Reinbolt said, but nothing was found.
Burkhart, who Reinbolt said “has an extensive criminal record”, was charged with resisting arrest and booked into the Clinton County Jail. He will answer the warrant, as well as the new charge, in Clinton County Municipal Court.