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Crouch jailed for chase that nearly hits house
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A man who led lawmen on a high-speed chase until nearly hitting a house in Newtown will serve 10 months in jail.The defendant, Dustin Lane Crouch, 23, was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 180 days of a two-year sentence for evading arrest with a motor vehicle and burglary. He was also ordered to serve an additional 180 days for violation of probation for a total of 324 days in jail. His probation was extended by two years for violating the terms of his probation.His sentence comes for his conduct last July when, during the early morning hours, he was seen running a stop sign on the off-ramp of Highway 55 at Angels Bridge just outside Newtown.When deputy Jason Richardson tried to pull over the suspect, the driver accelerated in the direction of Newtown.“He turned onto Bridge Builders Road and was at a high rate of speed when the vehicle slid through the intersection of Paris Street and into a yard nearly hitting a house,” Richardson said, noting the driver bolted from the car with another passenger, leaving one passenger behind.The deputy said the passenger who did not run was cooperative when asked who was driving the car.“He was identified as Dustin Couch by the passenger who remained in the vehicle,” Richardson noted on his warrant against Couch.

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