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10/06/2017

Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

 

 

 

On 6 October 2017, Investigator Dorman attempted to stop a vehicle pulling a small utility trailer. that was being operated by Dirk Milburn.

 

Inv. Dorman had recently obtained a warrant with two felony charges for Dirk's arrest. One of the charges was for a firearms violation. It was suspected that Dirk was possibly in possession of one or more firearms. Dorman attempted to stop Dirk at the intersection of east 23rd street and Bill Clinton bypass. Dirk slowed and almost came to a stop, then sped away.

 

Dirk reached speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour on east 23rd street. As Dirk approached highway 32 east, he almost lost control attempting to make the turn. Dirk's tires were smoking as his brakes locked up. Dirk regained control of the vehicle and continued to travel east on highway 32. Dirk was traveling in the middle of the highway, straddling the yellow lines.

 

As Dirk came into Shover Springs, he came over a blind hill and there was a vehicle turning east onto highway 32 from Hempstead 52. Dirk nearly rear-ended the vehicle and was forced to overtake the vehicle in a curve. As he did so, he almost caused a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle, forcing it onto the shoulder. Dirk continued traveling east on highway 32 straddling the yellow lines and traveling in the opposing lane. The pursuit went into Nevada County.

 

At the intersection of highway 32 east and highway 53 Dirk again failed to slow at a reasonable speed and nearly lost control of this vehicle again. Dirk regained control of the vehicle and began traveling south on highway 53. After a short distance Dirk Slammed on his breaks as Inv. Dorman attempted to go around Dirk to get in front of him and block the road. Dirk then swerved his vehicle over and caused the trailer he was pulling to hit Inv. Dorman’s vehicle near the front driver's side wheel. Dirk then travelled to the intersection of Nevada 3 and turned west.

 

Dirk nearly lost control as he turned onto Nevada 3 but regained control and continued traveling west. Dirk was operating his vehicle at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Dirk went through the intersection of Nevada 3 and Nevada 5 without stopping. Dirk continued to travel on Nevada 3 until he got to the intersection of highway 355 east. Dirk again nearly lost control of his vehicle and did not stop making this turn. Dirk then turned onto highway 355 and began traveling east. Dirk again was traveling at a high rate of speed in the middle of the highway.

 

 

 

 

Dirk turned back north on Nevada 5 and accelerated back to a high rate of speed through the narrow curves, Dirk continued to travel on Nevada 5 until it turns into Hempstead 126. Chief Deputy Larry Miller of Nevada County had responded to assist Chief Miller was at the intersection of Hempstead 126 and highway 32 East.

 

Chief Miller observed Dirk turn onto highway 32 east, traveling west. Inv. Dorman remained the primary vehicle in the pursuit as Dirk continued west for approximately 3.5 miles. Dirk was traveling in his respective lane near the intersection of Hempstead 123 when he met Deputy James Braddock. Who was in a marked patrol unit with emergency lights and siren on.

 

Dirk veered his vehicle into Deputy Braddock's lane of travel, running Deputy Braddock into the ditch. Dirk then gave a signal as if he were going to stop his vehicle. Dirk's vehicle slowed to approximately 20 miles per hour Inv. Dorman sped around him and guided his vehicle over to the shoulder. At that time Dirk's vehicle accelerated slightly as it hit the rear of Dorman’s vehicle.

 

Inv. Dorman noticed that there was another police unit behind Dirk's vehicle Dorman stopped his vehicle and exited with his patrol rifle. Inv. Dorman ordered Dirk out of the vehicle several times but he refused to exit. Inv. Dorman assisted Dirk out of the vehicle onto the pavement with the assistance of Investigator Justin Crane. Deputies did find one firearm inside his vehicle.

 

Dirk continued resist arrest, Chief Deputy Miller and Inv. Crane attempted place handcuffs on Dirk. Dirk continued to resist the Deputies and Inv. Crane and Chief Miller had to physically place Dirk's hands behind his back to get him into custody. Dirk was transported to the HCDF where he is facing charges of Felony Fleeing, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement officer and possession of Firearms by Certain Persons.

 

The above incident was in connection to a call investigators received earlier in the day about Dirk, being involved in the drug trade, but also using methamphetamine by means of injecting it with a diabetic needle.

 

Investigators were concerned for the safety of the reporting party because investigators had been receiving information about Dirk selling narcotics, mainly methamphetamine and that he was also using it. Investigators had received information about Dirk being in possession of some firearms and explained to the calling party that Dirk was a convicted felon, so he couldn't possess any firearms.

 

The reporting party then requested that law enforcement officers search her residence and shop building for anything illegal. Inv. Crane then obtained a consent to search form and followed the reporting party to her residence.

 

Inv. Crane along with Investigators Gary Dorman, Investigator Jeremy McBride, then went to a residence on Rosston Road where they met with the reporting party. Inv. Crane read aloud the consent form to the reporting party who was in charge of the home. The reporting party signed the form granting consent to search the property. The reporting party unlocked the residence and let the investigators inside.

 

Investigators located a nickel plated 32. caliber Cobra derringer handgun in the top drawer of the bedside table. The gun was loaded with two live rounds of ammunition.

 

Investigators proceeded to the shop building located behind the residence that the reporting party had access to. The reporting party unlocked the master lock, opened the lock hasp and then opened the door allowing investigators to accompany them inside. Once inside the shop Inv. Crane could see part of a gun stock exposed behind a wooden truss above the shop door. Inv. Crane then removed it and determined it was a Taurus Circuit Judge 45. caliber rifle. The rifle was loaded with five live rounds of ammunition. Inv. Crane also noticed a white plastic bag exposed above the doorway. The bag contained six empty diabetic needles and one diabetic needle containing an unknown clear liquid.

 

Investigators obtained a warrant of arrest for Dirk Milburn on Two Felony Counts of Possession of Firearms by Certain persons. When Inv. Dorman tried to Stop Dirk that’s when he fled resulting in the above pursuit.

 

 

 

 

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