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Wood sentenced for high speed chase
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A man who led lawmen on a high-speed chase on his way to work has been sentenced to 17 days in jail.
The man, Geoffrey Scott Wood, 28, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was ordered to serve 17 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $450 plus court costs, perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI Class and lose his driver license for one year for evading arrest, DUI and driving on a suspended license.
His charges come after sheriff’s deputy Newman Ford saw him run a red-light at the intersection of Highway 55 Bypass and Old Shelbyville Road and pulled him over.
“He stopped about 100 yards past the traffic light,” Ford recalled, noting he got out of his patrol car and started walking toward Wood’s Nissan Altima. “As I approached on foot, he departed the scene at a high rate of speed.”
Ford ran back to his car and gave pursuit but opted to call off the chase due to the danger it presented to the public. However, about 45 minutes later another deputy spotted the car parked in the parking lot of Yorozu. The registration came back to Wood who, lawmen found out, was wanted for arrest on outstanding warrants.
“He was located inside Yorozu and taken into custody,” Ford said, adding he received a confession from the suspect. “He admitted he was in fact the person driving.”
Ford determined that Wood’s license was suspended for failure to show proof of insurance in 2013.