Man gets six months for running from deputy

A 25-year-old Gardnerville man was sentenced to six months in jail for eluding a Douglas County deputy who was trying to arrest him for traffic violations.

East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl told Michael Ward he couldn't expect to live much longer if he continues his lifestyle.

Ward was sentenced 19-60 months in 2006 to Nevada State Prison for his part in the June 24, 2005, death of Jeffrey John.

He was arrested June 1 for driving without a valid license and sentenced to a suspended six-month sentence in Douglas County Jail.

On June 11, Ward ran from the deputy who was arresting him for driving without a license, insurance and registration in violation of his suspended sentence.

Ward's lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client wanted the court to know that he'd suffered the death of his grandfather June 13 and a close friend who died of an accidental gunshot wound in Reno on June 10.

"It's been a difficult time for him," Lopez said. "The officers recognized him and he panicked. He did make their job far more difficult. He knows it was his fault. He lost perspective."

Ward said he ran from the officer because he wanted to take care of funeral arrangements for his friend.

"You haven't got it figured out yet," EnEarl said. "Ten days after I looked you in the eye and said I'd put you in jail again, you drove without a driver's license, and insurance."

"The lifestyle you're living, you can't expect longevity," EnEarl said. "You've been to prison, and you're back out. You closely associate with someone who's been drinking and playing with a gun. It means you're going to be dead soon, and you're doing nothing to change it."


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