A Columbus man was sentenced to one year of community control after escaping from Licking County police earlier this year.
Deangleo LL Franks, 19, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in Licking County’s Common Pleas Court Friday to failure to act on a police officer’s order or signal, a third-degree crime.
According to Licking County court records, a sergeant from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office was sitting in his cruiser on Jacksontown Road SE in Thornville when he noticed a light blue Chevy Cobalt with only one working headlight and two taillights. The officer reported that he pulled out behind the vehicle, turned on its overhead lights and attempted a traffic control.
He reported that the vehicle was unable to stop and was accelerating north on Jacksontown Road SE up to 112 mph. The official on the court records noted that the chase lasted approximately 6.3 miles and that the speed limits were 45 and 55 mph.
“The vehicle overtook several cars and almost crashed head-on into another vehicle,” the document says. “The vehicle turned right onto Linnville Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which ricocheted off the guardrail before attempting to start again.”
Court records show that the officer nailed down the vehicle, preventing it from leaving. A teenage passenger and Franks were accused of abandoning the vehicle and escaping on foot. Franks was found on the 400 block on Linnville Road.
Judge David Branstool sentenced the case to one year community control and revoked Franks’ license for three years.