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Ironton area man arrested for alleged drunken hit-and-run spree

A mid-morning hit-and-run incident stalled traffic for a time Saturday morning in and around Ironton High School after a driver snapped a telephone pole and struck two other cars.

Charles R. Burns, 25, who listed his address as 419 County Road Lot A, Ironton, on police records, was charged with DUI, operating a car without a driver's license, three counts of failure to control a moving vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, according to Ironton Police Sgt. Joe Ross.

The incident, which happened just before 10 a.m., began when Burns allegedly hit and a telephone in the 600 block of Oak Street and snapped it into two pieces. Burns then allegedly left the scene, hit a parked car in the 2400 block of Seventh Street and ran a stop sign at Seventh and Vine streets and struck another car driven by Hilda Davidson, 81, of Ironton. Davidson was not injured in the incident.

"She's lucky, she really is," Ross said.

Once apprehended, Burns was allegedly combative with police officers.

"We tried to get him out of the cruiser and he shoved me," Ross said. "He had to be restrained. I had brought him down to give him a breathalyzer and he refused."

A passenger in the car Burns was driving was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Burns was taken to the Lawrence County Jail.