A man who was able to give police the slip on more than one occasion will be parked for a year after he was sentenced to 364 days in jail for his runs from the law.
The fugitive, Matthew C. Zahn, 24, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to a laundry list of charges including evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and possession of meth. He was directed to serve 364 days of a two-year sentence and pay a $2,750 plus court costs fine. The court will allow him to be furloughed into long-term treatment.
McMinnville policeman Chris Odom tried to pull over his 2012 Chevy Camaro in the old Captain D’s parking lot earlier this year.
“Once he was in the parking lot he immediately accelerated and nearly lost control, turning sideways as he left on Northgate Drive at a high rate of speed,” the policeman said.
The suspect then passed a motorist on a double yellow line before turning onto Clark Boulevard where he blew past West Elementary at a high speed. The policeman said the incident happened around 3:40 p.m., but there were still children present on campus. The officer called off the pursuit given the danger to the public.
Just two days later, Zahn was again running from the law, this time outrunning police who tried to pull him over on North Chancery Street.
“He was traveling at a high rate of speed and about hit two vehicles,” Police Lt. Bill Davis said, noting he also terminated his pursuit due to danger to the public.
Zahn was taken into custody at a later date, after giving police the shake on the two occasions.