32-year-old Dezerae Lyn Merritt of Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (December 7)…
28-year-old Autumn Marie Burhans of Jacobs Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She’s also charged with traffic offenses.
The charges were filed following a reported chase with police in Burke County Tuesday afternoon. According to a published report, a Ford Explorer was stolen from the Walmart parking lot on Morganton Heights Boulevard. Local law enforcement agencies were told to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle.
An officer reportedly got behind the vehicle on Salem Road and attempted to pull it over but the driver allegedly fled, resulting in a pursuit. The report says that the chase occurred on Salem Road, Burkemont Avenue, Interstate 40, Mineral Springs Mountain Road, and N.C. 18. The chase ended when the vehicle ran out of gas on N.C. 18 South at which time Burhans was taken into custody.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, Burhans has multiple convictions on record, dating back to 2016. The most recent was in January, 2019 in Burke County. Following Tuesday’s arrest, she was placed in jail in Morganton under $21,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (October 13) and October 24.[Some information in this story from a report in the Morganton News-Herald}