A man who led police on a high-speed chase on a motorcycle with a woman clinging to his back has been sentenced to 79 days in jail.
The daredevil, Joshua Thomas Walling, 32, entered guilty pleas to a laundry list of criminal charges including evading arrest, joyriding, resisting arrest, and simple possession of marijuana. He was ordered to serve 79 days of a three-year sentence.
His sentences comes after sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter tried to pull over the suspect at the intersection of Mullican and Caldwell streets inside the city. Carpenter turned on his lights and siren but Walling didn’t stop.
“He refused to stop, accelerating at a high rate of speed,” the investigator revealed, noting the female passenger was holding on the cyclist as he sped away.
The chase became potentially deadly as Walling reportedly pulled into the path of a vehicle at the Spring Street intersection and then continued toward the bypass.
Given the dangers to both Walling and his passenger, the lawman terminated the pursuit as the motorcycle sped out of town on Faulkner Springs Road.
Walling was arrested two weeks later following another chase in which he hit a sheriff’s vehicle. Lawmen were forced to tase the fleeing suspect.
“We had been advised that he might have a gun,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Billy Joe Crouch. He kept reaching for the waistband of his pants.”
Lawmen found marijuana in the vehicle after taking the suspect into custody and also found a syringe on his person.