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General Sessions trial
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A man who led authorities on a high-speed chase and then tried to throw them off his trail by reporting a dead body has been bound to the grand jury on multiple charges.
The defendant, Christopher Steven Higgins, 34, waived his right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on charges of evading arrest, filing a false report, tampering with evidence, assault, child abuse and neglect, and driving on a suspended license.
Officers say Higgins fled pursing deputies after he left the scene where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Speeds reached over 100 mph according to deputies and it was learned there was a small child in the car at the time. Investigators say Higgins called in a false report of a body being found elsewhere in the county in hopes deputies would leave the area where they were looking for him.
In other General Sessions trial court action Tuesday afternoon:
• Jeffery L. Roberts was ordered to serve six months for simple assault.
• Dane Briest was bound to the grand jury on charges of evading arrest, possession of drugs and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.
• Herbert Jones Jr., was bound to the grand jury on the charge of initiating the process to manufacture meth.
• Rachina Patel and Hilpesh Patidar were bound to the grand jury on the charge of shoplifting.
• Brad Hamm was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-29 sentence for domestic assault.
• Christie Bouldin was directed to serve 48 hours and warned to stay away from all McMinnville Housing Authority property for criminal trespass.
• Jason Bouldin was given a six-month sentence for simple assault.
• Wanda Stilwell was granted a six-month judicial diversion and must perform 25 hours public service work and was warned to have no further contact with the victims on the charge of harassment.