NEW PORT RICHEY — The afternoon of July 18 wasn't the first time Conan Duncan, 31, had fled from police officers.
His girlfriend calls him a known "runner," according to authorities, and his record of fleeing includes three incidents dating to 2005.
Duncan will "make you chase him around Moon Lake if he has to before he goes back to jail," his girlfriend, Frances Markey, told a deputy.
He was at it again July 18, but this time he said he had a good reason.
Deputies had come to arrest him on charges of burglary and dealing in stolen property. He ran, he said, because he didn't want to be in jail on his son's birthday.
Duncan managed to evade four deputies chasing him down Lantana Avenue in New Port Richey by disappearing into the woods. They didn't find him for another six days, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
At the Land O'Lakes jail, Duncan was charged with resisting without violence in addition to the burglary and dealing in stolen property charges.
Duncan, of 12345 Lantana Ave., has previously been convicted on a variety of charges ranging from shoplifting to permitting a dog to run at large. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $5,150 bail.