A man who led officers on two high-speed chases on the same day in January has been sentenced to serve 360 days in jail, with half of that jail time eligible to be served in rehab.
McMinnville resident Christopher Thomas Jones, 27, has been ordered to serve 360 days of an eight-year sentence by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley. Jones was given the option of serving 180 of those days in rehab after entering guilty pleas to aggravated assault, two counts of evading arrest, and violation of probation.
The two police chases took place Jan. 25 with Jones reportedly fleeing because he had an active warrant against him for aggravated assault for striking a female victim and breaking her nose, according to the arrest warrant.
When the female victim tried to escape, the warrant says Jones “strangled her and drug her back into the camper when she attempted to leave.” He allegedly took her cellphone and would not allow her to call 911.
The warrant says the female victim was finally permitted to leave when her mother made contact with Jones and he agreed to let her go.
Jones was wanted on that charge when deputy Jared Jacobs of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department determined he was the driver of a black Ford Fusion he spotted in town.
Jacobs attempted to perform a traffic stop in the area of Northgate Drive, but the vehicle sped away in the direction of North Chancery Street.
Jacobs terminated the chase and the Fusion was last spotted in the area of Crisp Springs Road and Bethany Road.
It was about two hours later when McMinnville detective Eddie Colwell spotted what he believed to be the same black Ford Fusion on Underwood Road.
The car accelerated at a high rate of speed when a traffic stop was attempted. Jones would make his way to nearby Yager Road where he reportedly reached speeds of 90 mph.
The chase was called off in the interest of safety, but Jones was seen turning onto Pinewood Road and making his way to Spring Valley Road. It was there he lost control, crashed in a front yard, and was taken into custody.