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Bedford Man arrested after violating probation terms and conditions

BEDFORD - MARCH 18, 2023 - A Bedford man was arrested Friday morning at 1:35 am on a warrant for petition to revoke probation.

Christopher Eugene Burris, 25, Bedford was taken to the Lawrence County Jail after his violating the terms of his probation on his conviction of leaving the scene of an accident-causing bodily injury.

Officers from the Oolitic Town Marshal's Office, and Bedford Police Department took Burris into custody. Indiana State Police served the warrant after arriving the Lawrence County Jail Friday morning.

Burris was previously arrested on the following charges, driving while never licensed, resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor, and resisting arrest Level 6 felony for an incident that occurred on January 22 in Oolitic, Indiana.

Oolitic Town Marshal James Harrington was on patrol at 3:30 pm on January 22nd, when Burris was traveling north on Lafayette at 35 mile per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone and driving left of center almost striking the Oolitic Marshal vehicle.

The traffic stop was for driving for left of center and not for speeding according to the probable cause affidavit Marshal Harrington wrote Indiana Code 9-21-5-6 states that an engineering study has to be conducted before a speed could be decreased to 25 miles per hour.

According to the report from Marshal Harrington a traffic study was never completed an engineering study prior to reducing the speed to 20 miles per hour.

Marshal Harrington made the traffic stop in the 100 block of Lafayette Avenue, and Burris removed his black hooded sweatshirt in an attempt to change his appearance. A female in the area yelled at Burris telling him not to take off running from the traffic stop.

Burris went into a nearby apartment, and a few minutes later came out with no shirt on, asking Marshal Harrington if he was going to jail.

Burris stated that he was on probation for leaving the scene of an accident-causing bodily injury and went to prison for the offense. Burris driving status was suspended at the time of the traffic stop.

Burris was convicted in Lawrence County Superior Court I on July, 3, 2018 of leaving the scene of an accident a Level - 3 Felony.

Mikels Towing was contacted to tow Burris's 2014 Kia he was driving at the time. Three citations were issued at the time which included driving left of center, driving while suspended, and operator never licensed.

Burris is currently being held in Lawrence County Jail.

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