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Crime

July 9, 2014

Charges reduced against Detroit man who tried to elude police

RICHMOND — A Detroit man who led police in a brief vehicle chase May 8 and then attempted to hide in a ditch will spend 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges Wednesday in Madison District Court.

Richmond Police arrested Dejuan Westberry, 36, of Detroit after he abandoned his vehicle that then rolled into an apartment building, according to a police department news release.

Westberry was found in possession of more than $2,000 in cash, and police recovered marajuana they believed he discarded during the chase, their report added.

He was charged with first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, first- and third-degree criminal mischief, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render any aid, no operators license, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 oz, and tampering with physical evidence.

After a pre-court bargain with the Madison County Attorney, all of Westberry’s felony charges were reduced to second-degree misdemeanors to which he pleaded guilty.

Judge Charles Hardin sentenced Westberry to serve three 120-day sentences to run concurrently.

According to the Madison County Detention Center’s online records, Westberry began serving his sentence immediately.

An Eastern Kentucky University football player who graduated in May had a contempt of court charge dropped Wednesday after Hardin accept his explanation for not answering a summons.

A warrant for Jordan Johnson was issued by Pike District Court at the request of Madison County authorities, but Johnson said he has a brother who once lived there, but he never had.

After graduating, Johnson said he took a job in West Virginia and had no idea he was wanted in Richmond, until he recently learned of the charge.

Johnson was charged with fourth-degree assault after a 2012 altercation in a Richmond bar that required one man to have a head wound stitched the next day, according to statements in court.

According to the victim’s statement, Johnson pushed him off a bar stool, and he hit his head on a pool table.

Johnson said he played on the football team and was involved in a fraternity at EKU while the charge was pending.

Hardin said the court would summons the victim to appear Sep. 15 when he could tell his side of the case.

 

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