A meth-maker who ran from authorities has been given a 19-year prison term.
The man, Ernest W. Dodd, was sentenced to 19 years by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on combined charges of initiating the process to manufacture meth and resisting arrest. His prior criminal record led to his being sentenced as a Range-Two offender meaning he must serve 35 percent of his sentence before first chance of parole, meaning he must serve a little over six years before coming up for early release.
His sentence comes after he was linked to a meth-production ring. He was arrested on outstanding warrants when residents on Lyndon Street called police and told them a man was lying in the road and yelling in the West Riverside neighborhood.
When officers arrived, they said they found Dodd lying near the edge of the road. They realized they had a warrant on him for meth charges and announced he was under arrest.
“He took off running,” recalled McMinnville officer Toby Lewis of the incident which occurred last September.
Police chased the suspect all the way to Morningside Drive before he was caught. He then attempted to get away again as they were transferring him from one patrol unit to another.
“We had to struggle with him in order to get him in the other unit,” Lewis said.
A subsequent search of the suspect revealed he had a hypodermic needle and plastic straws on his person, suggesting he had been, or was going to be, using drugs.