When Ishmael Burke was given traffic tickets in Bensalem, it was the start of a series of very bad decisions for the 23 year old Levittown resident. The first decision that messed up his life was to not answer his charges. At that point a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was brought into court today, Feb 26 2014 to answer charges.
As Judge Leonard Brown advised him that he would be spending time in jail for failure to appear, Burke had other plans. While he was handcuffed, he bolted for the door and ran into the wooded area across the street. There,in the frigid cold, he hunkered down for a little over an hour, hoping police would not catch him. As a result of him being on the loose, the local high school was placed in an increased height of awareness.
As officers from the township surrounded the area, Sheriff's K-9 dogs were brought in. A little over an hour later, he was brought into custody without incident, in the woods. Had he answered the tickets,chances are they could have been dismissed, or reduced. Worse case scenario would have been a suspended license and heavy fines.Since he ran, the tickets will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law . He will face serious charges for the escape , These charges are a misdemeanor of the first degree., which will haunt him for the rest of his life.He was remanded to Bucks County Prison under $125,000 bail,Bensalem Detective Andrew Aninsman said.
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