ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) – A local couple that had fled from police in five states were taken into custody on Sunday in their hometown, police said.

Robert Somers, 23, and Barbara Burrington, 23, were last spotted Wednesday when they checked out of a motel in Virginia, where they had bought a 1988 dark blue four-door Chrysler 5th Avenue.

Police say they began to stake out the Mud Hollow Road home of Burrington’s father at about 8:30 Sunday morning, WGMT radio reported Sunday.

They were taken into custody just after 1 p.m. without injury or incident following negotiations with police, the station reported.

Somers and Burrington led police in three states on a 200-mile chase over the past week. Police said Somers fled St. Johnsbury as he was about to be arrested in connection with several burglaries and other crimes in the Northeast Kingdom.

The chase began when sheriff’s deputies in Tennessee, acting on information given to them by the Vermont State Police, confronted Somers at a campground, who gave them a false name and fled the scene.

While fleeing, Somers drove his car into one of the deputies, who suffered a bruised hip. Police chased the two through Alabama and lost them in Mississippi, while Somers set off smoke grenades.

Police found similar smoke grenades in the couples’ residence on Brunell Street, said Vermont State Police Lt. George Hacking.

Although Somers and Burrington lost police in Mississippi, the pair showed up Sunday in rural Virginia, where they crashed their car in Sussex County.

A good Samaritan stopped to assist the couple at the crash scene, but was assaulted by Somers, who allegedly stole her car at gunpoint.

The stolen vehicle was found Tuesday, seven miles from the scene.

AP-ES-08-22-04 1532EDT



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