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Hodges bound to grand jury
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A felon who ran from police, causing a lockdown of two schools last month was bound to the grand jury Tuesday morning by Judge Bill Locke in General Sessions arraignment court.
The man, Jeffery Hodges, 40, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury on three counts of burglary, criminal trespass and theft, two counts of vandalism and one count of evading arrest. His case could be heard as early as next Friday when the tribunal meets in its regular session.
Hodges was wanted for questioning in regard to a string of auto burglaries in the Morrison area in which windows had been broken and items stolen from vehicles.
He was spotted by police and the car in which he was riding pulled over. Hodges, known for his many flights from the law over the past two decades, left the car through a sunroof and ran away. He fled from police near the campus shared by Warren County High School and Hickory Creek Elementary. Given the fact Hodges is a convicted felon, the campuses were ordered on lockdown while police pursued Hodges.
He was able to evade capture for a week before he was caught hiding at a relative’s house in White County. Officers with canines surrounded the house, leaving him nowhere to run. He was taken into custody without further incident one week ago.
He remains in custody awaiting the grand jury’s decision.