A man who said he was fleeing the law due to a family emergency will serve a month behind bars.
The man, Dakota Levi West, 22, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and possession of meth. He was instructed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $800.
The chase started when sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter saw West driving recklessly and running a stop sign in the Blues Hill area. Carpenter tried to pull him over but the suspect refused to stop. Deputy Jared Jacobs clocked West traveling 88 mph in a 45-mph zone a short time later.
“He was traveling on the double yellow line, driving recklessly and very fast,” Jacobs recalled, adding he used his blue lights but West again evaded at a high rate of speed.
However, a short time later, West was spotted pulling into a driveway on Short Mountain Road. Officers were able to take him into custody and soon learned his driver license was revoked out of several jurisdictions. Lawmen also found other items of interest.
“A search revealed a hidden compartment in the center of the vehicle with a loaded 22-caliber pistol and one gram of methamphetamine,” Jacobs said, noting there was also drug paraphernalia found.
As for why he ran, West was unclear in his explanation. “He offered no other explanation other than he had a family emergency,” Jacobs said.