Canadian County Deputies Arrest 18-Year-Old Following High-Speed Chase


Friday, May 6th 2016, 6:38 pm
By: News 9


A high-speed chase and arrest on the back roads of Canadian County is caught on camera. It all happened when deputies were patrolling the area for a different reason.

Canadian County authorities have been patrolling rural parts of the county after they say suspicious activity has been going on just outside city limits. It's quiet out here, but there's quick access for a getaway.

"Somebody that's up to no good or involved in criminal activity they can get to a major highway pretty quick to get out of the area,” Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West said.

That is exactly what a deputy thought 18-year-old Andrew Bursch was up to when he flew by in his BMW, leaving nothing but a trail of dust. Bursch thought by backing onto a lease road and turning off his lights he would fool the deputy, but he didn't. Authorities spotted him and took him into custody.

Authorities took Bursch into custody on suspicion of DUI, eluding from law enforcement, speeding and possession of marijuana.

They're not sure if he is tied to the trouble in the area, but whoever it is does not care about the time of day and has been hitting homes not only at night, but also broad daylight.

"They'll go to homes during the daytime when most people are at work. And so the homes are empty, and they'll go up and knock on the door,” West said. “If nobody's home then they may break in and burglarize the home."

And authorities have a good idea of who they think may be responsible for the burglaries. The barbed wire fence and country homes are not exactly a place you'd think members of a mob would be.

"One of the gangs that we've identified that's been involved in some of that in our county is what's called the IMG or the Irish Mob Gang, and we have a number of them in our county jail,” West said.