S. Pittsburg city administrator talks to Channel 3 about arrest
By Matt Barbour, Weekend Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -
The city administrator of South Pittsburg is talking to Channel 3 about his arrest over the weekend. Sammy Burrows was booked in the Marion County Jail late Friday night for reckless driving, resisting arrest and other charges.
Burrows says if he is guilty of anything, it is speeding. But he says he does not agree with the other charges of reckless driving, obstruction of an officer or resisting arrest and that he looks forward to his day in court.
"I will say shortly that I was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. And I was speeding. I admitted guilt to speeding. The other charges, I will have to say, I'm not guilty of that," says Sammy Burrows.
Friday night, a South Pittsburg officer was assisting two women on the side of South Cedar Avenue, when city administrator Sammy Burrows drove up to complain about a neighbor's dog. The officer said he would check on it shortly.
A few moments later an SUV whizzed past the officer. It was clocked going "72 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone." Sammy Burrows was behind the wheel.
According the arrest report, after being pulled over, Burrows told the officer he just wanted to make sure he was doing his job instead of talking to females. The officer says he "felt intimidated because he was the city manager" and "he was face to face almost touching noses." Once back up arrived, officers struggled to get Burrows in handcuffs. He told them "You boys don't want to do this."
When asked about advising the officers to not go through with the arrest, Burrows answers, "I'm not going to respond to that because I'm just not going to respond to that."
Shortly after being released from jail, Burrows said the arrest was tied to "internal power struggles."
"You know, different personalities play parts in things," says Burrows. "But we're ok. We basically got a pretty good police department. I just got caught up in some things. Sometimes people make, as managers and bosses, we make mistakes sometimes."
As for the Chief's take on what happened to his officers?
"I wasn't there so I can't answer for them. But if they're in the right, they're in the right and I'll back them one hundred percent. But I'm still gathering information and we'll see," says Chief Dale Winters.
One of the arresting officers noted in the report one of his thumbs was bent backwards and his left wrist was twisted in the struggle with Burrows. He says Burrows only cooperated after officers threatened to zap him with a Taser. Burrows is set to appear in court in January.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:10 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:10:42 GMT
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