Sheridan Man Pleads Guilty to Charges from May 7 High-Speed Chase

Sheridan Man Pleads Guilty to Charges from May 7 High-Speed Chase

A Sheridan man pleaded guilty on Thursday to reckless driving, fleeing or evading police and related charges stemming from a May 7 incident where he led authorities in a high-speed pursuit from Sheridan into Montana. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.

24 year-old David Simmons pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to driving with a suspended license and without insurance, the reckless driving and fleeing charges, as well as new charges of probation violation.

The incident began on Highland Avenue, when the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office attempted to make a traffic stop. Simmons took off eastbound, traveling above 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. According to court records, he then took authorities on the highway and was clocked traveling 105 miles per hour.

At one point during the pursuit he veered off into the oncoming lane, narrowly missing another vehicle. The pursuit ended when Simmons rear-ended a police vehicle. Simmons sustained injuries and received medical care in Montana before being moved to Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Simmons was sentenced Thursday in Sheridan County Circuit Court to serve six months on the new charges of probation violation, for a total of 18 months to be served. Depending on his behavior while incarcerated in Sheridan County Jail, Simmons is eligible to participate in a work release program after four months of imprisonment.

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