A man high on meth has been sentenced to serve half a year behind bars for spitting on a deputy after officers chased him down as he fled in a stolen car.
The man, Christopher M. Oliver, 38, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, resisting arrest, assault, fifth-offense DUI, driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to serve six months of a four-year sentence, pay $3,450 plus court costs, lose his driver license for eight years, make $1,221 restitution for the stolen car, and perform eight hours public service work.
Oliver fled when sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter pulled behind him after discovering Oliver was behind the wheel of a stolen Dodge Neon. Carpenter tried to stop him in the Walmart parking lot, but Oliver didn’t oblige.
“The vehicle fled, nearly striking various people and vehicles in the Walmart parking lot,” Carpenter said. “The chase lasted about 10 minutes and ranged from the parking lot, then through town on various streets and through residential yards.”
Officers were able to get Oliver stopped on Shelbyville Road but the suspect didn’t want to go to jail.
“He had to be physically restrained and then he spit on deputy Jared Jacobs,” Carpenter said.
Officers soon figured out why Oliver was running, besides being behind the wheel of a stolen car. He had four prior convictions for drunk driving and did not have a driver license.
“Mr. Oliver was unsteady on his feet and admitted to taking methamphetamine earlier,” Carpenter said.