Foot chase and taser use ends with narcotics charges

Daquan J. Burns

A traffic stop Nov. 19, followed by a foot chase that ended with two taser deployments has a 23-year-old Racine man facing 12 criminal charges.

Daquan J. Burns was charged Tuesday with a felony count of possession of narcotic drugs, six misdemeanor counts of bail jumping, two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer.

The felony carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $91,500 and seven years, six months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: A deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department stopped the defendant’s vehicle in the area of 16th Street and West Ridge Court in the village of Mount Pleasant. At the time of the stop, Burns identified himself with a different name.

While the officer was checking on that name, Burns fled on foot. After he deployed his taser twice, the officer was able to take the defendant into custody.

As the officer began to search Burns, he heard something fall to the ground, which he later discovered to be a bag with three pills. Two were Lorazepam and the other was Oxycodone. The officer located a cigarillo package in the defendant’s left pants pocket, and while he had Burns over the hood of the car to complete the search, the defendant attempted to eat the package.

Inside the package, the officer found 1.4 grams of marijuana

Burns, who made his initial appearance Tuesday, is due back in court Dec. 5 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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