Officer Nabs Alleged Robber After Foot Chase

SANATOGA PA – A 27-year-old Pottstown man, wanted for alleged armed robbery and related charges, tried but failed Sunday morning (Feb. 19, 2017) to run away from a Lower Pottsgrove Police Department officer who stopped him initially for traffic violations. Turns out, the fleeing suspect wasn’t as fast as he might have hoped.

James Wallace Everette, of the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue, was arrested by township Ofc. Scott Burnick at 8:26 a.m. after a brief foot chase. Burnick later learned Everette was sought by the Pottstown Police Department in a January (2017) robbery case.

According to Burnick’s report, the man later identified as Everette drove a Pontiac Bonneville through the intersection of North Keim Street and Buchert Road at a “high rate of speed,” at a time when the traffic light there “was not functioning due to a power outage.” The driver attempted to first elude Burnick in his car, the officer said, and as he did so allegedly committed several traffic violations.

In his patrol car, Burnick got behind and stopped the vehicle, then questioned the driver. Everette “gave false identification,” the report stated, and while Burnick was checking it Everette apparently decided to bolt on foot. The officer ran after and caught the suspect, placing him “in custody without further incident.” He received assistance from police in Pottstown and Upper Pottsgrove.

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