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Man Charged in Chase That Delayed President

August 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES — The driver of a hijacked auto whose attempt to escape police stopped President Clinton's motorcade earlier this week has been charged with felony evading police and carjacking, prosecutors said Thursday.

The charges, which represent a potential third strike, were filed against Oliver Delano Burke, 40, who is being held on $1-million bail in County Jail. If convicted, Burke will face a mandatory 25-year-to-life prison term.

Police allege that Burke led police on a 90-minute chase Monday night that stopped the President's motorcade from entering the Santa Monica Freeway. Clinton had just spoken at the Democratic National Convention.

Authorities finally arrested Burke in Torrance after he lost control of the car he was driving. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Inglewood Superior Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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