A man will serve three months in jail for leading officers on a car chase, claiming he ran because he thought his license was not valid.
The man, Jamie Lynn McClure, 29, was ordered by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 90 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and to pay $750 plus court costs for evading arrest, possession of drugs, and simple possession of drugs.
McClure was arrested when sheriff’s deputy Paul Rudicel drove up on his vehicle as he was patrolling the area of Old Hennessee Bridge Road.
“I saw his 2009 Ford sitting across the road,” Rudicel recalled as he began following McClure. “I saw it cross the center line on three occasions. I activated my blue lights and he then sped away.”
McClure then led the deputy on a short car chase, turning on to a back road before ditching his vehicle. McClure ran into nearby woods but was caught a short time later.
“He stated he ran because he though his license was bad,” Rudicel recalled.
A subsequent search of his person revealed illegal items which McClure had failed to get rid of while he was running in the woods.
“In his left front jacket pocket he had a small quantity of methamphetamine, a straw and broken spoon,” Rudicel said of the narcotics warrants he took against McClure.