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CHARLESTON -- Leading police on a chase while driving an all-terrain vehicle and threatening a probation officer brought a Mattoon man a four-year prison term.

Garett F. Jones received the sentence after he pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police and threatening a public official, both felony offenses.

Jones, 29, for whom court records list an address of 1512 S. Second St., was arrested after wrecking an all-terrain vehicle after fleeing from police in Mattoon on April 23, 2016.

He was later charged with the threatening a public official offense after he allegedly threatened on Dec. 8, 2016, to harm the probation officer supervising him on his pretrial bond program.

With the agreement reached in Jones' cases, he received a two-year prison sentence for each offense, which both carried possible prison terms of two to five years. Prison time wasn't required.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien ordered the two prison terms to run consecutively instead of at the same time.

Jones received credit on his sentence for a total of the year he spent in jail before his cases concluded.

According to police records in Jones' cases, officers responded just after 4:40 a.m. on April 23, 2016, to a report of someone driving an ATV at high rates of speed on Mattoon streets.

When Jones was located, he fled from the police, running seven stop signs and reaching speeds of 50 mph in 30 mph zones, the records say. The chase ended when the ATV crashed into a farm field off South Ninth Street.

Jones also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the same incident. In that case, he was ordered to undergo treatment and pay about $1,300 in fines and court fees.

Traffic citations for reckless driving, speeding and other violations were dismissed.

Also dismissed with the plea agreement were charges of driving while license suspended, felonies because of Jones' record, alleging he drove without a valid license in February and March 2016.

O'Brien accepted the plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

Records show that Jones was also convicted of a fleeing from police offense in Douglas County in 2008 and was sentenced to probation.

His Coles County cases were delayed since his arrest because of a change in his attorney, medical treatment he required and other issues.


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