The chase started early Saturday after the truck cab was involved in an accident in Elizabeth. Burnam then sped off and drew the attention of an off-duty Union County police officer who attempted to pull him over, and fired a shot during the exchange. Prosecutors say 57-year-old Danny Clyde Burnam was behind the wheel of a tractor trailer Friday night, and was driving erratically when he struck a auto near 1st Street and Elizabeth Ave. around midnight.
One person was killed and two others hurt as the truck driver smashed into a auto in Elizabeth, and then kept going, according to reports. His bail was set at $2 million, and it wasn't known if he has retained an attorney. When he approached the area of North Broad Street and Parker Road, where police had set up a barricade, two Elizabeth Police Department officers also fired their service weapons multiple times, striking Burnam. The motorist, who was not injured, tried to get Burnam to stop, but the trucker instead continued northwest on Elizabeth Avenue, the acting prosecutor said. The pursuit ended when the truck cab driver collided with a auto, killing a man in the vehicle and injuring two others.
The truck hit several other cars before crashing into a building. Their names have not been released, pending notification of relatives. Such investigations are standard procedure when an officer fires a weapon. The two injured victims were transported to a local hospital, while Burnam was apprehended and also hospitalized for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.
In all, Burnam hit about a dozen vehicles, she said.