A man who gave authorities the slip during a car chase only to be caught later will serve 130 days behind bars for that and a host of other charges.
The man, Jamie O. Watson, 39, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of evading arrest, simple assault, delivery of morphine and driving on a suspended license. He was directed to serve 130 days of a four-year sentence and must pay $3,000 plus court costs and perform 16 hours public service work.
His evading charge was picked up as deputies were heading to a residence on Pigeon Hill Road where a domestic dispute was taking place. While heading to the location, sheriff’s deputy Brad Myers said he noticed a vehicle coming toward him.
“I noticed the female passenger appeared to be upset and was waiving her hands,” Myers said, saying he turned around on the vehicle and began trying to pull it over.
Myers said Watson increased his speed and turned onto Castle Street near the airport. It was learned later Watson made a quick turn into a driveway and then hid his car behind a house, out of sight of the deputy.
While getting away with the chase that evening, Watson was arrested just four days later when police caught up to him and he admitted being the driver of the blue PT Cruiser the deputy had chased. It was also learned Watson’s driver license was suspended at the time, explaining his reason for running from the law.