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Driver gets probation after jumping from moving car
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A teen who jumped from his moving car while being chased by police has been granted probation.
The driver, Matthew Tidenburg, 19, was issued an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence on charges of evading arrest and reckless endangerment. He must also pay $256 and perform 16 hours public service work.
His sentence comes after police got in pursuit of his vehicle after noticing he was not wearing a seatbelt. McMinnville officer Ben Cantrell said he followed him onto Childress Street where he bailed out of his vehicle.
“He jumped out of his vehicle, left it running, and the vehicle hit another vehicle parked at a residence,” officer Cantrell said.
Tidenburg was captured later at a residence on North Spring Street.
In other court action heard by General Sessions Judge Larry Ross on the Traffic Court trial docket Thursday:
• Timothy Dillon was given a six-month sentence but released on time served for resisting stop. He must also pay $306.
• Tina Ripley was ordered to serve seven days of an 11-29 sentence, pay $1,109, perform 24 hours public service work and lose her driver license for one year for DUI.
• Christy Stevens was directed to serve 48 hours of an 11-29 sentence, pay $1,109, perform 24 hours public service work and lose her driver license for one year for DUI.
• Delores Elrod waived preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury on the charge of DUI.
• Henry Sanders waived his right to preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury on the charge of driving on a suspended license.
• Heather Newby was instructed to serve 48 hours and must pay $272 for driving without a license.
• Tina Rutledge must pay $152 for driving without a license.