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Charges against Burnette advance

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By Tom Wilmoth

The charges against a 32-year-old man who fled from police following a traffic stop last month, injuring a Bedford city police officer in the process, will be heard by a Bedford County Grand Jury.

    Brian Aubrey Burnette  had been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer as the result of an incident in April, but that charge has been reduced to felony assault of a police officer. The charge stems from a  stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley of the Bedford Police Department.

    Burnette waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Bedford County General District Court on Monday on that charge as well as several larceny by check charges.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz said the charge was modified because Burnette did not have a specific intent to kill the officer, but did have an intent to assault the officer. The charges will go before a September grand jury.

    Burnette was arrested in Cumberland County, N.C., in May, the result of a tip received by authorities on his location.

    During the April incident, Stanley stopped the vehicle occupied by two men — Burnette and his father — according to the police report. Burnette had a number of outstanding felony warrants that the investigator was attempting to serve, Bedford Police Chief Jim Day had stated on the case, adding that as Stanley pursued the vehicle a minor traffic violation also occurred. Stanley made the stop on Dickerson Mill Road, having followed the vehicle from the city limits.

    Day said that Burnette, after the vehicle had been stopped, ran around the van away from Stanley and then up a bank by the side of the road. Day said that Stanley apprehended him, but Burnette continued to struggle. He broke free and went to the vehicle. As Stanley held onto him, Burnette took off in the van. Stanley suffered scrapes, bruises and back pain. He was released after treatment at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

    Burnette is being held in jail without bond.