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Russell jailed for two police chases
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A man with a habit of running from law enforcement has been given 120 days in jail for his car chases.
The defendant, Joshua Dwayne Russell, 28, entered guilty pleas to charges of evading arrest with risk to others, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, and fourth-offense driving on a revoked license.
He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 120 days of a five-year sentence and pay $50 plus costs.
His sentences come for two car chases which happened a year apart, the first in June 2011.
In the case of his first chase, deputies pulled up on a Nissan Maxima and a PT Cruiser in the parking lot of Charles Creek Church and activated their blue lights. At that point, deputies saw a man get behind the wheel of the Maxima and take off at a high rate of speed.
The Maxima then led lawmen on a chase around the Short Mountain Road area until it was able to give lawmen the slip. However, a short time later they were able to track the owner of the vehicle who had reported the Maxima stolen. She told authorities it was Russell driving her car at the time of the chase, prompting his arrest.
His second run came just over a year later in July 2012.
On that evening, a policeman tried to pull him over for a window tint violation, but Russell fled in what turned out to be a stolen Nissan Murano. The vehicle was later located at a home on Locke Bend Road. It was then determined Russell had three prior arrests for driving on a revoked license.