2 sentenced to jail after summer pursuits with police

Two men were sentenced to jail time after two separate police pursuits in one day earlier this year.

On June 28, police arrested a total of three men after police pursuits in southern Johnson County and in Greenwood.

The two men police said were driving in each pursuit were sentenced to serve time in jail. A passenger in one vehicle was sentenced to time he already had spent in jail on a misdemeanor charge.

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The first pursuit that day was on County Road 700S in southern Johnson County, and it moved into Brown County at speeds as high as 72 mph, before the driver hit stop sticks.

After the vehicle stopped, the driver, Philip A. Lasley, 35, of Trafalgar, ran from police and a Taser missed him. He was arrested after a deputy tackled and handcuffed him, according to police reports. Police found syringes in Lasley’s pocket and spoons in the vehicle.

Lasley pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a felony charge, and was sentenced to two years in jail. Lasley had an extensive criminal history, and only received lesser than the maximum sentence because he had pleaded guilty, deputy prosecutor Joe Villanueva said. Lasley’s criminal history includes past convictions for unlawful possession of a syringe and forgery, according to court records.

A passenger in his vehicle, Jason Richardson, 28, of Nashville, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia, and was sentenced to time he had already served in jail.

In a second pursuit that same day, a deputy tried to stop a driver who was not wearing a seat belt along Worthsville Road and a chase began, continuing onto U.S. 31 and then into Greenwood Estates, where the driver, Tristan Perdue, 19, Bargersville, got out of the vehicle and ran. The deputy chased Perdue and used a Taser to get him to stop.

Perdue pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement, a felony, and was sentenced to a year in jail. He is also facing a charge in Marion County for violating his probation with the conviction here, deputy prosecutor Andrew Foster said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.