The man who bolted from the sunroof of a car and prompted a lockdown of Warren County High School has been given six years in prison.
The fugitive, Jeffery M. Hodges, 41, was sentenced to six years in the state penitentiary by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on charges of evading arrest, auto burglary, vandalism and criminal trespass.
The six years will be served in addition to time he owes the state for violating his parole. His term on his parole violation is not set to conclude until August 2018, meaning his new jail time will not start to count until his parole violation is served. He will have a chance at parole in March 2016, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
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 in February by police and the car in which he was riding was 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 outrun officers by dashing toward the rear of the WCHS campus. He evaded 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.