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Cope jailed for chase
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A man will serve half a year behind bars for leading lawmen on a high-speed chase through two counties.
The fugitive, Mark Andrew Cope, was ordered to serve 180 days of an eight-year sentence, perform 60 hours public service work, and pay $350 plus costs for evading arrest, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and violation of habitual traffic offender status.
The chase started near McMinnville’s Walmart after officers moved in, hearing Cope had been seen in the area. Sheriff Jackie Matheny said it is his understanding Cope had walked away from a work detail in Coffee County and was wanted.
Upon seeing officers, Cope, who was driving his mother’s Chevy Cavalier, took off at a high rate of speed, leading officers on a chase down Smithville Highway heading north toward Smithville.
It was on a straight stretch where speeds easily topped 100 mph, the chase quickly hitting DeKalb County. There, units from DeKalb joined as the chase entered the city of Smithville. Following a chase through town, Cope wrecked his mother’s car and was taken into custody.
In a final jab at authorities, Cope posed for his jail intake picture with a big smile and a thumbs up.