A 24-year-old Lacey man was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday afternoon after pleading guilty to attempting to elude a police vehicle.
According to court documents, Trey E. Madigan reached speeds of 80 mph while driving in a residential area.
Madigan entered his plea in Thurston County Superior Court before Judge James Dixon. He was arrested Jan. 26 and is being held in the Thurston County Jail.
Madigan was initially charged with possession of a dangerous weapon in addition to the eluding charge, because Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies found brass knuckles in his pocket when he was arrested. The charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Heather Stone recommended that Madigan serve a three-month sentence based on Madigan’s criminal history, and the dangerous nature of the crime.
Deputies had attempted to initiate a traffic stop with Madigan before he sped away. They eventually caught Madigan after he crashed his car at the Nisqually Handicapped Fishing Area.
There was one passenger in the car, but neither he nor Madigan was injured, according to court documents.
Attorney Karl Hack, who represented Madigan, said he believed his client is lucky that he didn’t hurt or kill anyone — and that he could have easily be facing vehicular homicide or assault charges.