A local judge told a man who fled from police he “can’t run away” from a recurring criminal record and gave him a two-year prison term Tuesday.
The sentence will be at least the sixth time Eddie James Williams, 38, of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, has spent time in a state prison, according to his attorney, Clinton County Public Defender Ryan Houston.
Williams pleaded guilty to not obeying a police order in an incident when he fled a Wilmington Police Department cruiser after leaving the Wilmington Walmart. He reportedly drove the vehicle fast in the Walmart parking lot and then accelerated on roadways to a reported speed of 100 mph before a police dog tracked him down in a woods.
Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck told Williams he always looks at a defendant’s motive for fleeing law enforcement. Williams told the judge he didn’t know why he failed to stop when police pursued him.
“Well, you know, that’s even scarier. Because if you don’t know why you did it, how can a court believe you might not do it again?” Rudduck asked Williams.
Clinton County Chief Felony Prosecutor Brian Shidaker said the background information about Williams provided in Williams’ presentence investigation report is “not pretty.”
Rudduck reviewed the record, starting with a breaking and entering in Clinton County in 1995 and a receiving stolen property in Clermont County in 1996.
Williams said he was “high” during the incident when he fled from police. He has been on heroin the “last couple years” after using meth before that, he told the judge.
“I got away from all that [meth],” said Williams.
In pronouncing a two-year term of prison, Rudduck cited the offense, which he said put the motoring public at “a significant risk,” and also mentioned to Williams “your history.”
Williams’ license to drive also was suspended for two years, with no driving privileges allowed under state law.
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574 ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.