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Arrest Warrants Issued Against Motorcyclist Who Fled from Crash Scene

7/3/2013

July 3, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

South Precinct officers have sworn out arrest warrants charging Jeremiah Burnett with fleeing the scene of an overnight motorcycle crash, leaving his female friend/passenger on the ground injured.
          
At 12:20 a.m., a Suzuki motorcycle being driven by Burnett and reportedly speeding crashed into a Jeep on Nolensville Pike near McIver Street.  Responding officers found Burnett’s passenger, Kelsey Leann Bowen, 20, injured on a nearby sidewalk still wearing a helmet.  Witnesses reported that the motorcycle’s driver, subsequently identified as Burnett, ran from the scene.  Bowen was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
          
Officers checked the motorcycle’s license plate number for ownership information.  The listed owner provided police with a bill of sale showing that he sold the motorcycle to Burnett.  Officers canvassed the immediate area of the crash and found a blood trail that led to a home on Wheeler Avenue.  The resident reported that a man he knew as Burnett showed up, said that he was involved in a motorcycle crash, and was subsequently driven from the area by friends.  
          
At 4:30 a.m., police received information that an injured Burnett had shown up at Summit Medical Center’s emergency room.   Burnett initially told officers that a fall from the back of a pickup truck caused his injuries.  When asked about his connection to the motorcycle, Burnett then acknowledged that he was driving it when it crashed.
          
Burnett, 34, was transferred this morning to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for further treatment.  Upon his discharge, Burnett will be taken to jail and booked on charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, failure to render aid in a personal injury crash, failure to report an accident, driving on a revoked license and making a false report to police (for claiming that he fell out of a truck).
                                                          

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Jeremiah Burnett