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Mud foils slippery fugitive on run from law
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A fugitive who’s get-away was foiled when he slipped in the mud while running from officers will serve a year behind bars.
The suspect, Jason Andrew Johnson, 28, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on charges of evading arrest, third-offense DUI, joyriding, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and fifth-offense driving on a revoked license. He was directed to serve 364 days of a four-year sentence, pay $1,200, perform 60 hours public service work, and must wear a tracking monitor when he gets out on probation.
His sentence comes after he slammed into a tree on Vervilla Road and then ran from the scene.
“I saw him running through a field and started a foot chase while yelling I was with the sheriff’s department,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Billy Joe Crouch. “He slipped in the mud and I caught him.”
Crouch said witnesses identified Johnson as the man who had run from the scene of the crash. When asked to perform a sobriety test, Johnson admitted he was too drunk to even take the test.
Already facing a number of charges, Johnson brought on even more warrants when he threatened to get even with the arresting deputy.
“He stated he knew where I lived and he would not forget, even if it took a year,” Crouch recalled.
His drunk driving arrest was the second in under a year. Johnson got a half-year behind bars during the summer of 2014 after he ran from city police on a motorcycle. He also abandoned his vehicle on that occasion, but was caught a short time later.