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Jefferson City man sentenced to 5 years in chase case

Jefferson City man sentenced to 5 years in chase case

May 16th, 2019 in Local News

A Jefferson City man was sentenced to five years in prison for pleading guilty to charges for fleeing from police, twice, in May 2016.

At a Wednesday hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green, Jerrix Durham, 32, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm. Charges of second-degree burglary, armed criminal action, driving without a valid license and a second resisting arrest charge were all dismissed by prosecutors.

According to a Jefferson City Police Department, the first incident occurred at Missouri Boulevard and West Main Street.

Officers initiated a traffic stop, and Durham immediately got out of his vehicle and initially refused to get back in after officers ordered him to.

As officers were taking him into custody, Durham tried to pull away from them, but he eventually was wrestled to the ground. Officers deployed a Taser to arrest him.

A search of Durham's vehicle found three digital scales, a black bag with individually packed marijuana weighing 9 grams, $145 in cash and multiple plastic bags.

The second incident occurred in the 1000 block of West McCarty Street.

Durham displayed a firearm and made threatening statements to a female, then left the scene and fled from officers during a traffic stop just after the incident.

He fled to the 1000 block of West High Street where he went unlawfully into a residence. There, he kicked and cursed at officers who were attempting to take him into custody.

A stolen gun with 34 rounds of ammunition were recovered in Durham's vehicle.

Durham has more than three prior convictions for driving while revoked.

He pleaded guilty to felonies of driving while revoked and resisting arrest in Cole County in 2016.