A man whose run from the law led to an officer suffering serious back injuries when he crashed during the chase has been sentenced to a year in jail.
The fugitive, Terry B. McCormick, entered guilty pleas to charges of evading arrest and fourth-offense driving on a revoked license. He was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve an 11-month, 29-day sentence. That jail time will be served in addition to another 11-29 sentence he was given on an unrelated assault charge.
His jail time comes after sheriff’s investigator Jody Cavanaugh was injured while chasing him. Cavanaugh ended up having to undergo extensive treatment after he injured his back in the crash, but has since returned to active duty.
“The Toyota Avalon they were chasing made a fast turn onto Robert Smith Road and when investigator Cavanaugh made an attempt to follow behind him, he hit a patch of loose gravel and hit an embankment," said Highway Patrolman Kyle Herren, who worked the wreck.
The 2010 Expedition driven by Cavanaugh hit the embankment head on and ramped up to the top of the hill where it came to rest. Cavanaugh was taken to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, complaining of severe back pain.
The driver, Terry Bryan McCormick, was arrested later in the day, still in the same car lawmen were chasing.