Neighbor's suspicion prevents tire dumping in High Springs

Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.

A suspicious High Springs resident apparently kept 500 pounds of used tires from being abandoned Thursday in a sinkhole.

The High Springs Police Department received a call around 5:30 p.m. about a gold Ford pickup towing a trailer loaded with tires near Northwest Ninth Street and First Avenue.

The caller told police of concerns the tires were about to be dumped into a sinkhole on private property.

Officers said they caught up with the truck and trailer near the private property.

In an arrest report, Officer Ryan Scott wrote that the two men in the truck “immediately made spontaneous statements that they would go pick up the tires they had just dumped” within the past 15 minutes.

The officers said the men had unloaded more than 60 tires onto the private property.

The men told police they did not know who owned the land and that they did not have permission to be on the property.

The men were identified as High Springs residents Charles Edward Burkett, 51, and Dirk Lorenzo Sheppard, 54.

They were charged with one felony count each of trash dumping and booked into the Alachua County jail.

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