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Raleigh Man Flees Authorities, Hits Trooper's Car

Posted March 11, 2008

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— A man faced multiple charges Tuesday after fleeing from authorities and crashing into the back of a trooper’s car.

Aaron Burnley, 36, of 2432 Bay Harbor Drive, refused to stop his minivan when a trooper tried to pull him over near Capital Boulevard and Interstate 540, officials said.

The chase began around 2:30 a.m. and ended about 15 minutes later near I-40 and Harrison Avenue.

Burnley hit his brakes, and the trooper went around him, officials said. Burnley then intentionally hit the trooper’s car from behind, authorities said. The trooper was OK.

Burnley's minivan, which was traveling 90 mph, lost control and flipped at least three times. He was ejected. Burnley faced several charges, including felony speeding to elude authorities, DWI and careless/reckless driving.

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  • gmoux138 Mar 11, 2008

    Sorry, but that is BS, he is no more diseased than I am. Just too sorry to quit drinking when he can't handle it. Its time they treated it like the crime it is. He doesn't need a doctor just needs to grow up and stay sober.

  • indp98 Mar 11, 2008

    I am very thankful that no one was seriously injured in this incident. Burnley has had a drinking problem for a very long time. He really is not a bad person. I know him personally, but alcoholism is a disease and it can destroy your life and the people around you. Unfortnately, there is no cure for this disease.

  • clintoflannagan Mar 11, 2008

    Parole Board chairman: They've got a name for people like you H.I. That name is called "recidivism."
    Parole Board member: Repeat offender!
    Parole Board chairman: Not a pretty name, is it H.I.?
    H.I.: No, sir. That's one bonehead name, but that ain't me any more.
    Parole Board chairman: You're not just telling us what we want to hear?
    H.I.: No, sir, no way.
    Parole Board member: 'Cause we just want to hear the truth. H.I.: Well, then I guess I am telling you what you want to hear. Parole Board chairman: Boy, didn't we just tell you not to do that? H.I.: Yes, sir. Parole Board chairman: Okay, then.

  • Thomas Jefferson Mar 11, 2008

    C'mon JimF, give the editors a brake!

  • dianadarling Mar 11, 2008

    He has multiple charges from 2007 already pending

    http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars.Criminal.do?county=999&court=BTH&defendant=burnley&start=0&navindex=0

  • Dido Mar 11, 2008

    I wouldn't be surprised if we find out this man has had multiple DWI charges in the past. His actions could have killed that trooper and himself. Put him in jail and keep him off the road...some of us actually value our lives and the lives of those around us.

  • djofraleigh Mar 11, 2008

    Jail time please. WRAL please follow up on this story after sentencing.

    How do we get police officers and troopers to do these things? They protect us at their own risk. Dealing with people like this driver is above and beyond. Glad it isn't me having to deal with such people, but it would be if not for the police.

  • JimF Mar 11, 2008

    Gotta watch those breaks... (do they even read these stories before they post them?)