Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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August 11, 2012

Man who stole defendant's pickup pleads

CROSSVILLE — A Lake Tansi man who stole a pickup truck from the Justice Center parking lot while the owner stood before a  Criminal Court judge has pleaded guilty to the theft and other charges and received a six-year split confinement sentence.

Adam Brian Smith, 31, whose last known address was on Apache Trail, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $1,000 and received a three-year sentence with one year to serve and the remainder on probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution, if any, to the victim and is being given credit for 205 days already served.

In unrelated cases, Smith pleaded guilty to attempted initiation of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a six-year sentence with one year to serve and the remainder on probation. Fine was waived but Smith is to pay court costs.

Smith also pleaded guilty to evading arrest and received a two-year sentence with one year to serve and the balance on probation. The three sentences are to be served concurrently.

On Oct. 31 of last year, Smith allegedly stole Kelly Demoe's Mazda pickup while Demoe was in court. Later that evening, sheriff's deputies spotted the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Hwy. 127 S and Hwy. 70 E and attempted to stop the driver.

Smith, however, refused to stop and led deputies on a chase that traveled to Old Lantana Rd. to New Lantana Rd., to Brewer Rd. and then Vandever Rd. where vehicle wrecked in the area of Damon Circle, crashing through a utility pole.

Smith was flown from the scene to Erlanger Medical Center where he was treated for serious injuries. He has since recovered and appeared before Judge Leon Burns last Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to the three charges.

A third offense drunk driving charge was dropped as a result of the sentencing agreement.

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