Driver arrested after driving on blown tire


An Urbana man was taken into custody Wednesday following a traffic. He had been driving on a blown tire.

Zachary Burchnell, 23, of 4036 W. U.S. Route 36, Urbana, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension and obstructing official business.

According to Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin, at 5:19 p.m. the sheriff’s office received a call of a vehicle traveling on South U.S. Route 68 with a blown tire. Deputies were advised the vehicle turned onto West County Line.

Deputies located a vehicle matching the description at the intersection of state Route 55 and state Route 560. A traffic stop was initiated based on the information they received and the fact that the driver was operating the vehicle on the rim.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a cornfield. Deputies later located Burchnell on Bair Road where he was taken into custody.

According to the Champaign County Municipal Court’s website, an arraignment hearing was held Thursday and Burchnell pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton

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