Suspect arrested after stealing High Point police car, leading law enforcement on chase

Abraham Gilbert Burns

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A suspect was taken into custody after stealing a High Point police car and leading law enforcement on a chase Thursday night, accord to High Point police.

High Point police came to the Walmart on South Main Street after a report of a suspect shoplifting.

When the officers got there, 38-year-old Abraham Gilbert Burns had already tried to resist with the loss prevention officer, according to police.

Officers arrested Burns, handcuffed him with his hands behind his back and put him in the back of a patrol car.

Burns’ vehicle was nearby and an officer went to secure it. At that time, the suspect moved the handcuffs from back to front and climbed into the front seat by penetrating the shield partition that was secured, police said.

Burns took off the in police car. The chase ended on I-40/85 near N.C. 61 in eastern Guilford County.

Law enforcement used tire deflation devices to stop the car, police said.

The police car has been recovered and the suspect is in custody.

Police have not released the charges Burns will face.