A man who fled deputies on a stolen motorcycle has been sentenced to seven months in jail and another five years on probation.
The man, Charles Brandon Vanatta, 32, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of grand theft, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license. He was directed to serve 210 days of a three-year sentence. He was given another two-year probationary term on a separate case for a grand total of five years on probation once he completes his jail time.
His sentence comes after sheriff’s deputy Jared Jacobs tried to pull Vanatta over on Bybee Branch Road late last year after noticing he was riding a motorcycle that did not have registration attached to it.
“He fled the scene through numerous fields and roadways,” Jacobs recalled, noting another deputy also tried stopping the motorcycle further down Bybee Branch Road.
Jacobs said the motorcycle was found a short time later at a residence on Shelbyville Road. It was then learned the motorcycle was stolen and Vanatta had a suspended license, taken because he failed to pay traffic citations.
During his recent appearance before Judge Stanley, Vanatta also entered guilty pleas on separate theft charges. The other case was brought after Vanatta was caught in the act of trying to steal scrap metal from Womack Transportation on Morrison Highway. The owner confronted Vanatta and another man who begged him not to call police on them. When the owner said he was calling the law, Vanatta ran away, leaving his friend to face the music.