A man who gave his license to a deputy during a traffic stop and then decided to run from the law has been placed on probation for a year.
The driver, Brandon Ryan Haggard, 35 entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of reckless driving, evading arrest, and driving without a license. He was issued an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and must pay $60 plus costs.
His probation comes after he was spotted speeding on Highway 56 North in Dibrell.
“He abruptly sped into the lot of Jewel’s Market where he came sliding to a stop,” recalled Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Vann.
The deputy approached the driver and was handed a license that belonged to Brandon Ryan Haggard. When the officer turned to go back to his vehicle to radio in the license, Haggard made a break for it.
“He sped away, running the stop sign at the intersection and turned northbound on Highway 56,” Vann said. “He placed himself and the public in extreme danger.”
When he radioed in the license Haggard had left behind, Vann found Haggard had three prior convictions for driving on a revoked license. Haggard was later arrested for the crimes using the deputy’s eyewitness identification and the license the fugitive had left.