Two runs from the police will cost a local youth 120 days behind bars.
The teen, Cody A. Anderson, 18, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to numerous charges coming from a couple of runs from the law this winter. He was ordered to serve 120 days of a five-year sentence on charges of theft, evading arrest and possession of drugs.
His sentence comes after he was caught behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle. Police saw him outside a store while searching for the stolen car.
“I saw a maroon Chevy Lumina drive into the parking lot of Northside Food Store,” said McMinnville policeman Ben Cantrell, noting the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day. “I saw the driver (Anderson) exit the vehicle and enter the store. He was wearing all red clothing.”
The significance of the red clothing was that witnesses who saw the car stolen said the thief was dressed in all red while the passenger was described as being taller and wearing a black hat. Cantrell noticed the passenger, who remained in the stolen car while Anderson was inside the store, was wearing a black hat. The passenger was Mark Allen Jones, 19. Cantrell recognized him from past dealings.
“Mr. Jones exited the vehicle and evaded on foot and refused my orders to stop,” Cantrell said.
Not to be outdone, Anderson also ran away when he came out of the store and saw the policeman. Both men were later captured. Mark Jones was also sentenced by Judge Stanley for his part in evading and theft, He was ordered to serve 120 days of a six-year sentence.
For Anderson, the stolen vehicle was the second run-in he had with police within three weeks. He had tried to run away from police when they caught him and a friend with drugs. Police Lt. Mark Mara suffered a leg injury when he dove out to tackle the fleeing youth.