A man has been given a month in jail for running from the law while his passenger was begging for him to pull over.
The fugitive, Joshua Wayne Taylor, 24, entered guilty pleas to charges of evading arrest and reckless endangerment and was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 30 days of a one-year sentence and perform 24 hours public service work.
Taylor was hit with the charges after sheriff’s deputy Derek Bowles saw him run a stop sign at the intersection of Beersheba Highway and Shellsford Road.
“He ran the stop sign through the intersection at a high rate of speed,” Bowles said of what started the chase. “He sped off.”
Bowles estimated the suspect was doing about 85 mph on Shellsford Road as he continued to evade the officer before finally pulling over at a residence on Viola Road. It was at that point the deputy was able to talk to the suspect’s passenger.
“He said he asked Mr. Taylor to stop the vehicle on two different occasions,” Bowles said of the reluctant passenger. “Mr. Taylor told him to hold tight.”