A Tennessee man has been sentenced to state jail in reference to a high-speed chase final yr that despatched two Florida Freeway Patrol troopers to the hospital after their patrol vehicles crashed into one another.
John Thomas Puckett of Dresden, Tennessee, was sentenced to 9 years in jail adopted by six years of probation for aggravated fleeing and eluding inflicting severe bodily harm, DUI inflicting property injury, driving with no legitimate license and batter on an EMT/paramedic.
The fees stemmed from a Might 12, 2020, chase. Puckett led the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Workplace on a high-speed chase in a car stolen in Cell.
Puckett crossed into Florida on I-10 at over 100 miles an hour. Through the chase, he handed quite a few vehicles in a reckless method, passing at instances on the shoulder of the interstate. On the time, Florida had a COVID-19 checkpoint on the weigh station coming into the state.
Puckett drove over the site visitors cones to move the checkpoint at excessive velocity and in the end crashed close to the 9 Mile Street exit. After Puckett was taken into custody, it turned obvious that he was beneath the affect of managed substances. Whereas receiving medical consideration on the scene, he turned violent towards the EMT treating him and spit on her.
Two Florida Freeway Patrol troopers acquired severe accidents throughout a collision which occurred throughout the chase. As a FHP sergeant tried to hitch the pursuit, he collided with one other trooper.
Finally, blood work revealed that he was beneath the affect of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Three years of the sentence are to be served as a compulsory minimal jail sentence.
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