A man who rammed a pursuing sheriff’s vehicle off the road during a high-speed chase near Viola will serve 10 years in prison for the crime that left a deputy hospitalized.The defendant, Steffen Matthew Brady, 24, entered guilty pleas to a mountain of charges before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley. The charges from the chase included aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, vandalism, and DUI. He also entered pleas for his role in a meth trafficking operation at Green Acres Apartments that happened one week prior to the chase.As terms of his plea bargain, Brady was ordered to serve 10 years in prison, pay $2,000 plus costs, perform 100 hours public service work, make restitution to the sheriff’s department for the totaled SUV, and lose his driver license for one year.Brady’s week of breaking the law began late last year when officers raided his Green Acres Apartment and found evidence of a meth trafficking operation. One week later, a sheriff’s investigator fell in behind him, leading to a high-speed chase that extended from McMinnville to Viola.
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