Oft-arrested man jailed for syringe, warrants


HUNTINGBURG — A man charged a half dozen times the last 14 months with mostly drug- and impairment-related counts was taken into custody again Monday on multiple failure-to-appear warrants for his active cases.


A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy who knew that Michael D. Burnette, 38, 104 Pine Meadow Court, Jasper, was wanted on multiple local warrants spotted him at a Huntingburg business at 6:45 a.m. Monday.

After being approached, police said, Burnette was allegedly found to have a syringe and drug paraphernalia in his Oldsmobile passenger car.

Authorities booked Burnette into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:32 a.m. on his outstanding warrants and on new preliminary Level 6 felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe, plus a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession.

Several of Burnette’s drug-related arrests within the last four months occurred after concerned citizens reported erratic driving by a possibly impaired driver. Prior to Monday’s arrest, Burnette had five open cases in Dubois Superior Court dating to October.

On Wednesday, records indicate Burnette failed to appear in Dubois Superior Court. His counsel provided correspondence received on behalf of Burnette but the court revoked bonds in his open cases and ordered failure to appear warrants issued, according to records.

Last month, after a weekend caller reported a possibly impaired driver in Jasper, police allegedly found a marijuana cigarette and glass smoking pipe in his car, which resulted in misdemeanor charges.

In January, after a deputy saw his car go left of center in Jasper, Burnette failed field sobriety testing and allegedly admitted to having smoked methamphetamine. The sheriff’s department said he was in possession of a glass smoking pipe with residue commonly associated with smoking methamphetamine and he also had a butane torch in his lap at the time of the arrest. When he refused chemical testing, authorities charged him with a Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice and misdemeanor impaired driving counts.

In December, Burnette was arrested by police investigating a report of a leaving-the-scene accident in an adjoining county.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department had been notified that a car had struck a guardrail along I-64 before going northbound on State Road 162.

Burnette’s car was located pulled to the side of State Road 162 in the Bretzville area and police allegedly found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

In November, a concerned citizen’s report of a speeding, swerving vehicle resulted in Burnette being charged with five drug-related criminal counts.

The caller in that incident reported a car running a red light and leaving Huntingburg northbound swerving and traveling at an excessive speed.

Jasper police located Burnette while he was fueling his car and allegedly found him with methamphetamine, controlled substances, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

In October, Burnette was arrested after a 911 call to authorities about a possibly intoxicated driver northbound on Third Avenue in Jasper. That caller indicated the car’s driver could not maintain his lane or speed.

Deputies who located Burnette in the Holiday Foods parking lot at 847 Third Ave. said a search of his car recovered small amounts of suspected marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin, plus additional paraphernalia in the form of two glass smoking pipes.

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