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City man gets jail for leaving scene, changing plea in chase

May 17, 2018 GMT

COLUMBUS – A 21-year-old Columbus man was sentenced May 14 to up to 210 days in the county jail for attempted possession of methamphetamine and leaving the scene of an accident last September while he awaits pleading in a case stemming a December police chase.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa sentenced Aron Martinez-Enriquez to the county jail term for his involvement in a two-vehicle fender-bender at a city intersection last fall.

When the other driver involved in the accident insisted on calling the police, Martinez-Enriquez picked up his vehicle’s bumper off the street and left the scene.

The judge gave Martinez-Enriquez credit for 89 days already served in the case and ordered the defendant to pay $500 restitution to the other driver.

Meanwhile, Martinez-Enriquez is scheduled for a hearing May 30 in district court to change his plea in a case in which he is accused of tearing off from a sheriff’s deputy on a pursuit north of town in December.

He now faces charges of possession of meth and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest in connection with the Dec. 10 chase north of the intersection of the intersection of 33rd Avenue and 53rd Street.

Court documents detailed a pursuit about 4:10 p.m. Dec. 10 by Platte County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Grant after he observed a white 1995 Honda Civic run a stop sign at the intersection and head north on 33rd Avenue.

Grant reported the driver ran another stop sign at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 68th Street, with pursuit reaching speeds surpassing 80 mph.

The chase, the deputy said in his probable cause arrest statement, came to an end when the vehicle stopped in front of 5349 60th Ave., with the driver, later identified as Martinez-Enriquez, jumping out of the car and running into the house.

A female passenger, Grant said, got out of the car and put her hands over her head. The deputy said he called dispatch for a backup deputy, but by the time he arrived the suspect had already run out the back door of the residence and escaped.

Sheriff’s authorities reported that Martinez-Enriquez had been staying at the residence temporarily and was identified by the man he was living with as the chase suspect.

Jim Osborn is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at jim.osborn@lee.net.