Clay County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson told The Brazil Times Zachariah Jones' appearance in court was unusual and surprising.
"(Jones) waived his right to counsel and the advice of the court to submit to a pre-sentencing investigation when he pled guilty," Jackson said. "(Jones) was then immediately sentenced by the judge."
Due to the severity of the charges, Jones was waived into adult court and formally charged with one count each of auto theft, theft and resisting law enforcement (all Class D felonies), an A misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness and a C misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body. The prosecution dropped one formal charge of battery resulting in bodily injury filed against Jones.
According to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout sentenced Jones to serve concurrent sentences of two years in prison for each D felony charge and one year for each of the misdemeanor charges. The entire sentence was suspended and executed except a sentence of one-year imprisonment at an Indiana Department of Correction facility and one year of probation that will be later arranged through the DOC and Clay Community Correction.
Jones was remanded into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jones refused to stop when Brazil City Police Patrolman Jeremy Mace attempted to stop him for driving through a stop sign near the Jackson/Walnut street intersection.
Jones led law enforcement officers from the BCPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department on a high-speed pursuit into Vigo County where stop sticks were successfully deployed to stop the stolen silver Pontiac Grand Prix he was driving.
Stopping in a ditch just east of the Terre Haute International Airport, Jones and an unidentified juvenile passenger attempted to run away but CCSD K-9 Officer Forest helped apprehend and take the two into custody.
Because the case is under review, officials are unable to disclose details about the 15-year-old juvenile detained at an undisclosed juvenile facility for alleged involvement in the incident.
Although facing the same type of potential charges, if found delinquent, the juvenile would be punished at the discretion of the ruling court according to the guidelines set in the juvenile court system.