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Escape attempt lands Martin in ditch, jail
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A man who fled police and crashed into a ditch has been given 90 days in jail.
The man, Terrin O’Neal Martin, 27, entered guilty pleas to charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license. He was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 90 days of a three-year sentence. He was released on house arrest and is now on probation. He will also have to pay a $2,000 fine.
Police tried to pull over Martin on South Chancery Street in September after he was spotted driving. Sgt. Ben Cantrell was aware Martin did not have a license and fell in behind him, turning on his emergency lights. The stop worked at first.
“He pulled into a gas station and then pulled away at a high rate of speed,” Cantrell said of the beginning of the chase. “He began to fish tail on Chancery Street.”
Cantrell said the fugitive lost control of his Honda Accord while trying to drive away from the officer.
“He lost control of his vehicle and drove into a ditch at South Chancery and Smith Street,” Cantrell said, noting the suspect got out of the ditch and continued. “He drove out of the ditch and once again fish tailed and drove away at a high rate of speed.”
Cantrell said he discontinued the chase for the safety of the public, plus he knew it was Martin behind the wheel. Martin was arrested later. His license was found to be suspended because he failed to show up for court last year.