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General Sessions
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A man who dropped off his dog before fleeing the law has been bound to the grand jury on multiple charges.
The suspect, Gary Lee Lankford Jr., 40, waived his right to preliminary hearing on charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment with a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, shoplifting, and driving on a suspended license.
His charges come after Lankford fled from sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, who was trying to stop him on Bluff Springs Road. The chase made its way to Francis Ferry Road, which runs parallel to Bluff Springs in the northern portion of the county.
“The driver passed several vehicles in no-passing lanes on Francis Ferry putting others at risk,” Carpenter said in his warrant against the driver.
The officer lost sight of the Nissan Maxima around Locke Bend Road but then found the vehicle abandoned off C. Rowland Road.
Paperwork in the vehicle showed the car was registered to Lankford. Further linking him to the car was a witness who said Lankford took time to drop off his dog at a nearby apartment before running into the woods.
Lankford was driving on a suspended license, taken from him for failing to satisfy citations. Lawmen also found brass knuckles on the passenger seat of his car.
In other cases heard Tuesday afternoon in General Sessions Court:
• Thomas Lansford was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence, ordered to pay $750 plus costs, and undergo a drug and alcohol assessment for possession of drugs.
• Anah York was granted an 11-29 judicial diversion and must pay $750 plus costs and perform 48 hours public service work for simple possession.
• Diego Mercado must serve 48 hours for violation of probation.