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Man jailed for nearly hitting five pedestrians
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A man who nearly ran over several pedestrians while trying to get away from law enforcement was given a half year in jail.The defendant, Jason Otis Ward, 28, entered guilty pleas to charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest and third-offense driving on a revoked license.He was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 180 days of a three-year sentence, perform 32 hours public service work, pay $200 plus costs and lose his driver license for one year.Ward was charged this summer after McMinnville policeman Aaron Roberts fell in behind his 1993 Jeep. Roberts noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt as is required by state law.“He saw me turn around and accelerated,” noted Roberts, saying Ward’s move to elude the routine traffic stop prompted him to turn on his blue lights to pull over the fleeing suspect.Moments later, Ward blew through a stop sign and then came upon five pedestrians beside the street.“He went by five people standing alongside the road, almost hitting them,” Roberts recalled. The officer said Ward pulled behind a house on Rebel Hill Street and ran into a home.After his arrest it was found he has a history of breaking the law dating back to 2009.