ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Florida Circuit Court docket Decide Jan Shackelford has sentenced John Thomas Puckett after he led a number of regulation enforcement businesses on a drug-influenced multi-state chase which resulted in two injured Florida Freeway Patrol troopers.
The chase occurred on Could 12, 2020, when Puckett led the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Workplace on a high-speed chase in a car stolen out of Cell, Alabama. Puckett crossed into Florida at over 100 miles an hour. In the course of the chase, the State Lawyer’s Workplace says he handed quite a few automobiles in a reckless method, at occasions passing on the shoulder of the interstate. At the moment, Florida had established a COVID-19 checkpoint on the weigh station. Puckett drove over the site visitors cones to cross the checkpoint at excessive pace and finally crashed close to exit #5 at 9 Mile Highway. The car he had stolen in Cell was closely broken because of the crash. Two FHP troopers obtained severe accidents throughout a collision that occurred in the course of the chase.
After Puckett was taken into custody, the State Lawyer’s Workplace says it grew to become obvious that he was beneath the affect of managed substances. Bloodwork revealed that he was beneath the affect of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Whereas receiving medical consideration on the scene, he grew to become violent in direction of the EMT treating him and spit on her. Moreover, Puckett didn’t have a sound driver’s license.
Puckett will serve 9 years in jail adopted by 6 years of probation for Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Inflicting Severe Bodily Harm, DUI Inflicting Property Harm, Driving And not using a Legitimate Driver’s License and Battery upon an EMT/Paramedic.