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Dodson pleads guilty after lying
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A man who ran from police and then falsely reported his truck had been stolen has been granted probation for his deception.The man, Kenneth Edward Dodson, 24, entered a guilty plea before Traffic Court Judge Bill Locke to the lesser charge of misdemeanor evading arrest and was issued an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and ordered to pay court costs.Sheriff’s investigator Aaron Roberts got in pursuit of Dodson after he saw his 1996 Ford Ranger run a stop sign on Crisp Springs Road late one evening. The lawman said he then observed the suspect traveling fast.“The vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed, traveling through Warren and DeKalb counties,” Roberts recalled.The truck was abandoned in DeKalb County and the driver fled into a wooded area.The following morning, Dodson reported his truck had been stolen. However, investigators weren’t convinced of his claim and paid a visit on him at his place of employment.“I spoke with him and he admitted he was in fact the driver of the 1996 Ford Ranger,” Roberts said.