Burlington man accused of leading 2 separate police chases

Published: May. 15, 2022 at 8:10 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 8:57 AM EDT
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ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) - A Burlington man is due in court Monday, facing a slew of charges following two separate stolen car chases with police.

South Burlington Police say William Dunn Jr., 38, was found passed out in a car with a woman on Shelburne Road Friday around 9:50 a.m.

When police woke the two up, both appeared to be under the influence. Dunn reportedly drove off, striking one police cruiser and almost hitting a police sergeant and firefighter.

Police tried to catch the car, but say they did not keep pursuing it due to the reckless nature of the chase.

Officers later found the car abandoned on Dorset Street. The car was reportedly stolen from Colchester the previous day.

Dunn and the passenger were found later. The passenger is facing no formal charges at this point.

Police say Dunn has an extensive criminal history including violence, drug trafficking and weapons possession.

Later Friday night, just before midnight, Essex Police say they found Dunn in another stolen car at an underground parking garage on Susie Wilson Road.

When officers tried to remove him from the car, they say he tried to drive away, nearly hitting an officer.

Police say he drove into a building, damaging the car. That’s when he allegedly ran off and was caught.

Dunn was arrested, as well as his passenger, Amanda Stuart, 31, of South Burlington.

Dunn is being held on $15,000 bail. Stuart was issued an appearance citation and released.

Dunn is due in court Monday on a host of charges.

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