A man who had an active fugitive warrant for a probation violation also faces charges related to a traffic stop last week.
Charles D. Burrage, 23, of the 400 block of Irene Avenue, was charged Tuesday in Allen Superior Court with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 felony, and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana, according to court documents.
At about 9:55 a.m. May 10 officers were following a black Dodge Magnum on Bluffton Road and observed it had crossed the center line four times between Bluffton Road and Airport Expressway. The car turned north onto Airport Expressway and police conducted a traffic stop near Winchester Road, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Police observed the rear driver's side door open and Burrage allegedly running from the scene. Officers yelled for Burrage to stop, but he allegedly continued to run down an embankment, falling twice, before being tased by officers.
The other occupants of the vehicle were cooperative with police during the stop. The occupants said a Hi-Point JCP 40 S&W handgun on the back seat was Burrage's. The magazine had bullets in it and there was a bullet in the chamber. Police reportedly found a substance that tested positive for marijuana in Burrage's front left pants pocket, the affidavit said.
Burrage previously had pleaded guilty to rape and sentenced to serve two years of an eight-year prison sentence on March 26, 2013 for sexually assaulting a drunken woman during a New Year's Eve party Jan. 1, 2012.
According to court documents in that case, Burrage approached the woman in the early hours of Jan. 1 during a party at a home on Eagle Crest Trail. At the time, the woman was throwing up in the bathroom because she had too much to drink. The woman told police that Burrage came into the bathroom, shut off the light and sexually assaulted her.