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Authorities searching for fugitive Austin heroin addict

Authorities are searching for a heroin addict, recently arrested for crashing into a city bus while driving under the influence.

Stephen Burch has a 25-year criminal record in Texas. He was sentenced in 2008 to 10 years in jail for heroin distribution and possession of a firearm.

He got out in June of 2016 and was under a supervised released.

“But a few months down the road here he is drinking, becomes highly intoxicated and collides with a bus,” said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.

No one was injured in the crash, but officers quickly arrested him.

“He admitted to the use of alcohol and the use of an illegal narcotic,” Filla said.

He was released from jail, but after his admission, authorities issued another warrant for violating his parole. By then, he was gone.

“He’s still going to be readily here in the Austin area,” Filla said.

Authorities believe Burch can pose a real danger to any resident in Central Texas.

“Someone like this that is addicted and goes to those extremes and gets intoxicated, you can see very easily that someone there out in public can be harmed,” Filla said.

He has needle marks, or tracks, on both arms and the task force doesn't think he's stopping.

“When you have someone under the use of alcohol as well as some type of narcotic, they have to support that habit,” Filla said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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