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Hicks gets 15 days for chase through downtown streets
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A man who led police on a chase twisting through downtown McMinnville streets will serve 15 days in jail.The driver, Justin T. Hicks, 21, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross to charges of reckless endangerment and driving without a license. He was ordered to serve 15 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $488.He was charged after police, while sitting at a traffic light at the intersection of Morford and Chancery Street, saw two vehicles traveling at high speeds racing through the downtown streets. As police pulled out to pursue, they focused in on Hicks’ vehicle which turned right onto West Main Street, traveling the wrong direction on the one-way street.“The vehicle then turned right again through a bank parking lot and in the wrong direction,” recalled McMinnville patrolman Paul Springer of the early morning, pre-dawn chase which occurred around 3 a.m.While able to give police the slip on the downtown streets, Hicks was unable to make a clean getaway as he slammed into a utility pole on a side street just away from downtown on Durham Street.