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Crashing ATV doesn't spare man from jail
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A man who ran from police on a four-wheeler before crashing into a building has been sentenced to eight months in jail.
The man, Tyler David Shannon, 26, entered guilty pleas to charges of vehicular assault, DUI, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. He was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 240 days of a five-year sentence and to perform 60 hours public service work, pay $500 plus costs, make restitution and lose his driver license.
His sentence comes after police began chasing Shannon on an ATV earlier this year after it was reported the four-wheeler had been used in a vehicular assault in neighboring Van Buren County where the victim was seriously injured.
Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Vann saw the ATV on Manchester Highway. “The ATV was traveling with no lights on the front or rear,” the officer revealed of his first sight of the suspect the evening in question. “He was traveling westbound in the eastbound emergency lane.”
Vann said he went after the suspect who cut across all four lanes of the highway in an attempt to evade him.
“He drove off the side of the road and crashed into a local business,” Vann recalled, noting the suspect was thrown off the ATV when it wrecked but continued to evade him. “The suspect ran.”
Shannon took refuge nearby but was found. “After a short foot pursuit, he ran to the loading dock of the post office and refused to comply with my order to halt.”
Vann said he had to resort to pepper spray to subdue the suspect.