A man who attacked a motorist with a machete in front of a police officer was given 64 days in jail.
The man, Jeremy Lee Davis, 24, waived his arraignment before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley and entered a guilty plea to the charge of aggravated assault. He was ordered to serve 64 days of a three-year sentence and was warned to say away from the victim.
The felony assault charge was brought for an incident witnessed by McMinnville police investigator Stuart Whitman in August. The officer was at Green Acres Apartments where he was investigating a vandalism complaint. While he was standing in an upstairs breezeway, Whitman said he saw Davis attack another man with a machete-type blade, about a foot in length.
“The victim was sitting in the driver seat of a vehicle in the parking lot with the window down,” Whitman said in his warrant. “Davis charged the vehicle and thrust the machete through the window at the victim’s head.”
Whitman said the victim got away and was able to get out of the parking lot without getting cut.
“Davis then struck the vehicle as the victim was driving away,” Whitman noted.
Aggravated assault carries three to six years in prison, however, he was given the shorter jail term as part of his plea bargain. He will spend the balance of his three-year sentence on probation.