A man who led authorities on a chase through two counties and slammed into a house will avoid jail time.
The defendant, Cameron J. Newport, 32, was granted a two-year judicial diversion on the felony charge of evading arrest with risk to others. He will also be required to perform 32 hours public service work and make restitution. Additional charges of leaving the scene of an accident and vandalism were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The judicial diversion means his record will be erased as long as he does not violate his probation in the next two years. His charges from Van Buren County were dropped as a result of the plea.
It was in Van Buren County where officers there began a chase of a red car which was reportedly going 140 mph. The car was chased on Highway 8, down Harrison Ferry Mountain, and then onto Highway 127 toward Viola.
When officers here joined the chase, Newport lost control of his car after he turned onto Myers Cove Road.
“He barely missed a parked vehicle and hit a house on Myers Cove Road causing property damage,” deputy Jason Richardson swore in his warrants against Newport.
After seeing the car run into the house, neighbors said the damaged vehicle drove away from the scene. Newport was caught later after he tried to hide behind another house in the area following a subsequent pursuit.