An Appanoose County woman who took a patrol car and allegedly tried to run over a sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in the Appanoose County Courthouse to a mix of probation and jail.
Chandra Jean Hilty, 34, of Centerville, was sentenced Nov. 15 by Judge Kirk A. Daily to two years in prison for operating a motor vehicle without the owners consent and two years in prison for operating while intoxicated, second offense, both aggravated misdemeanors and both to run consecutively to each other. Judge Daily suspended the state prison terms and ordered Hilty to serve seven days in the Appanoose County Jail and two years of low risk probation with the Department of Corrections for the Eighth Judicial District. Hilty was ordered to complete a substance abuse program and a drinking driver's course.
The judge imposed fines and attorney fees totaling more than $3,600.
The court dismissed the charges of assault on a peace officer with the intent to inflict serious injury and escape or absence from custody.
During a May 3 traffic stop in Moravia at approximately 12:59 a.m., an Appanoose County deputy sheriff stopped Hilty and determined she was operating the motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Hilty was arrested for OWI and during the arrest, she resisted, was subdued, handcuffed and placed in the deputy’s vehicle. While the deputy was attending to two other occupants in the vehicle, Hilty manipulated the handcuffs in such a way that allowed her to remove the seatbelt and take possession of the deputy’s vehicle.
Hilty drove the patrol vehicle towards the deputy forcing the deputy to jump from the path of the patrol vehicle. Hilty left the area in the patrol vehicle and continued to drive south on Highway 5 from Moravia towards Centerville.
Additional responding deputies and Centerville police officers stopped Hilty in the 14000 block of Highway 5 where she was taken into custody.
Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott on June 15 charged Hilty with first degree theft, a class C felony, assault on a peace officer with the intent to inflict serious injury, a class D felony, operating while intoxicated, second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and escape or absence from custody, a class D felony.
Following Hilty's arrest she was held in the Appanoose County Jail on $10,000 cash bond.
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