VERNON - The Washington County Sheriff's Office report a man and a woman are facing felony charges after a Vernon man attempted to flee from deputies during a burglary, leaving behind his girlfriend.
WCSO received a tip around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, that 36-year-old William Chad McKeithen - who was wanted on a Washington County felony warrant for battery by strangulation - was at a residence located on Church Street in Vernon.
According to reports, McKeithen attempted to run through the backyard, away from deputies as they arrived at the property. McKeithen was quickly apprehended by a WCSO deputy who had been staged at the rear of the property.
During the investigation, deputies found evidence that the residence was being burglarized by McKeithen before he fled the scene.
McKeithen was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was also booked on new charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.
Also arrested was McKeithen's girlfriend, 19-year-old Halley Burnham of Bonifay. Burnham was booked into the Washington County Jail on the charge of accessory to burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.