Pursuit case draws jail time for eluder


WALLA WALLA — A man who led police on a high-speed vehicle chase for several miles north of Walla Walla in April was sentenced Monday afternoon to 5 1/2 months in the County Jail.

Jeremy W. Roe, 30, was ordered to serve the midpoint of the standard-range of three to eight months he faced.

In imposing the sentence, Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation included in a plea agreement.

Lohrmann gave Roe credit for the 28 days he’d served since he was arrested. Roe also was ordered to pay a total of $1,637 in various court costs and fees.

At the sentencing hearing, Roe apologized for committing the crime and said he wants to get into drug treatment.

Lohrmann urged Roe — whose criminal history includes drug offenses and assaults — to resolve to improve.

“It’s not enough to wish ... Your life’s going to get worse if you don’t get it taken care of,” Lohrmann said.

Roe pleaded guilty May 3 to the charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Walla Walla police said Officer Kevin Braman on April 12 located a van — driven by Roe, who had outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended driver’s license — and tried to stop it in the 1000 block of North 13th Avenue.

The van sped north on state Route 125 then east on Bergevin Springs Road. Roe fled on foot through a wheat field.

Braman apprehended him about 12:20 p.m.

Roe also initially was charged with third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked, but that was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea to eluding.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.


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