A run from authorities will cost a local man 150 days in jail after he left his driver license in his vehicle when he bolted from his car.
The defendant, Joseph Adam Ashmore, 30, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of evading arrest, theft and vandalism and was directed to serve 150 days of a two-year sentence. He must also make $936 restitution.
He also entered a guilty plea to helping steal gas from a church van outside Morrison Church of Christ, the vehicle’s gas tank ruptured by the men who were stealing the fuel. The suspects were caught on surveillance video. He was charged along with Kerry Michael Jordan, 27, for that crime.
His sentence regarding the chase comes after deputies were alerted that officers from Rutherford and Cannon counties were chasing a man in a Ford Bronco. Deputy Jason Walker saw the suspect’s vehicle on Nashville Highway.
“He immediately turned on Bates Hill Road and I chased him for four or five miles,” Walker said in his warrant against Ashmore. “The subject drove his vehicle into a yard on Pettigap Road and he deliberately attempted to ram my cruiser two times while trying to exit the yard.”
Walker said he had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the fugitive. The suspect was able to get out of the yard, but stalled his vehicle a short distance later. He then fled on foot.
While able to get away for the time being, Ashmore left a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger confirmed Ashmore was driving the vehicle. Further linking him to the chase was his driver license which was found by the center console of the vehicle. A computer check revealed Ashmore’s license was suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.