A teen has been given 15 days in jail after he tried to outrun the law after a trooper tried to stop him for not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver, James R. Priest, 19, was ordered by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 15 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $50 plus costs for evading arrest. He was granted a judicial diversion due to his lack of priors, meaning he will have his criminal record erased once his time on probation is complete.
Highway Patrolman Tony Myers said he noticed Priest was not wearing a seatbelt when he passed the suspect’s Infiniti on Highway 287. He turned around and fell in behind him.
“He took off at a high rate of speed,” the trooper recalled, adding the teen drove in a reckless manner while trying to shake the lawman off his tail. “He passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone, attempting to elude.”
Myers said he saw the suspect make a left into McQuade Circle near Centertown.
“By the time I arrived at the vehicle, he had pulled into a residence and exited the vehicle and went inside,” said Myers, noting he then went to the door in search of the driver. “I knocked on the door and Mr. Priest came to the door and was taken into custody.”
The residence in which the teen had sought refuge was his own home.