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Sylacauga police officer injured Saturday in violent traffic stop; suspect apprehended


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – A routine traffic stop at the intersection of E 2nd St. and N. Main Ave. turned violent on Saturday, Aug. 12, when an officer from the Sylacauga Police Department (SPD) attempted to detain driver Corie Darius Burns, 43.

Resisting arrest, Burns sped off, dragging the officer briefly before a collision ejected him from the vehicle and he was subsequently run over.

The officer was transported via ambulance to Coosa Valley Medical Center where he was treated after sustaining fractures to his left arm, elbow, and ankle.

Burns was captured after crashing his vehicle into a tree at the end of S. Main Ave. at Goodwater Hwy.

Burns now faces charges including Assault in the Second Degree and Possession of Marijuana in the First Degree, both carrying substantial penalties. Assault (Second Degree), a Class C Felony, can result in up to 10 years in jail and a $15,000 fine. Possession of Marijuana (First Degree), a Class D Felony, can lead to up to 5 years of incarceration.

Burns is being held in the Talladega County Jail under a $75,000 bond set by Circuit Judge Chad Woodruff.

The SPD encourages information sharing regarding this incident or other crimes. Tips can be reported to the SPD tip line at (256) 249-4716 or directly to the SPD at (256) 267-0090. Central Alabama Crime Stoppers can be reached at (334) 215-STOP (7867) for potential rewards.

The SPD remains dedicated to community safety under the motto “Duty, Honor, Community.”

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