Man arrested for domestic battery, drug charges

A Stock Island man was arrested on domestic battery and drug charges last Wednesday.

A mail delivery person was in the vicinity of 8th Avenue at 2:30 p.m. when she saw a woman walking down the street talking on her cell phone. She saw a black vehicle pull up beside her; saw a man get out and grab her as she screamed for help. He forced the woman into the car and drove away. The witness called the Sheriff’s Office to report it.

Just minutes later, FHP Trooper Gary Dunnick was at the 7 mile marker of the highway when the vehicle described by the witness passed him northbound. He called for backup and got behind the car.

When the driver saw the FHP vehicle, he made a U-turn and began to return southbound. When the driver saw Deputies Jaime Miranda and Todd Jones headed in his direction, he slammed on his brakes and skidded off the highway.

The driver was identified as 40 year old Roddick Burress.

Both he and the 25 year old victim told Deputy Miranda they’d been dating for about a month and had gotten into a fight. She said she left his house to calm the situation down. She said he came after her and, when she refused to get into the car, he picked her up and forcibly put her in.

Burress, who had a suspended driver’s license, was found to have marijuana and cocaine in his pockets.

He was arrested and charged with domestic battery, driving with his license suspended and possession  of the two illegal substances.

He was booked into jail.

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