Coal City man leads police on two-county, high speed chase

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Coal City man led law enforcement officers on a 45-minute high-speed chase through rural Clay and Owen counties Saturday evening.

Around 9:45 p.m., Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs and Det. Terry Silvers attempted to pull over a 2004 Chevy pick-up truck for a traffic violation at the intersection of Nye and 6th streets, just south of Goshorn Park.

The driver, Jacob William Skinner, 18, refused to pull over and ran a stop sign before traveling south at a high rate of speed.

Six units from the Clay County and Owen County sheriff's departments joined in the chase along 30 miles of winding country roads before stopping Skinner a mile-and-a-half outside of Coal City in Owen County.

Officials believe Skinner's fear of driving with a suspended license and his possession of a small amount of Marijuana led to his running from authorities.

Skinner was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting law enforcement, Driving while suspended and Possession of Marijuana/Hashish. He was booked into the Clay County Justice Center with a $5,000, 10 percent cash bond.

On Tuesday, Skinner appeared in Clay Circuit Court and pled guilty to Resisting law enforcement and Driving while suspended, both were treated as Class A Misdemeanors. The third charge of Possession of Marijuana/Hashish was dismissed by Judge Robert Pell.

Judge Pell sentenced Skinner to concurrent one-year prison terms for each Class A Misdemeanor, but suspended all but six days. With time served, Skinner was placed on probation for one year and released on his own recognizance.

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