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Broken taillight leads to chase, guilty pleas
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A man who ran from a deputy who was merely going to inform him he had a taillight out has been given nearly six months in jail.The defendant, Ronnie Jene Totherow, 40, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, simple possession of meth, tampering with evidence and violation of the light law. He was directed to serve 170 days of a three-year sentence and pay $1,000 plus court costs.Totherow got in trouble when sheriff’s deputy Brystal Davis noticed there was a taillight out on the suspect’s 1996 Crown Victoria near the intersection of Short Mountain and West Green Hill roads.“I observed a broken right, rear taillight,” deputy Davis recalled, noting the vehicle pulled into a nearby business. “I attempted to pull alongside the car and advise the driver of his broken taillight without initiating a traffic stop.”Totherow bolted when he saw the deputy approach, gunning his Ford down West Green Hill Road.“He attempted to evade several times by swerving into oncoming traffic,” Davis said, adding the suspect also began throwing things out his window as he sped away.