Man balks at plea in May 1 eluding
A proposed guilty plea resolving a May 1 vehicle pursuit down Highway 395 and around Johnson Lane spun out on Tuesday after the man accused of stealing a red Audi heard how long he could spend in prison.
Fabian Eloy Campos, 39, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday where he said he would take his chances at trial and tried to fire his attorney.
District Judge Tod Young continued the hearing until Nov. 10 to give attorney Brian Filter an opportunity to explain the implications to his client.
Campos waived a preliminary hearing on charges of attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a motor vehicle.
Under a plea agreement, prosecutors won’t seek an assault with a deadly weapon charge in connection with the case.
The eluding charge carries a potential sentence of six years while the vehicle theft charge caries up to five years. Campos could be sentenced to consecutive terms, amounting to 11 years in prison.
Campos allegedly flashed a fake FBI badge to commandeer the red Audi from a Los Angeles garage. The Audi was the subject of a pursuit in Southern California that officers broke off for safety reasons.
Carson City Sheriff’s deputies spotted the Audi, chasing it into Douglas County. Douglas deputies followed it south on Highway 395 and then onto Johnson Lane, where it rammed a patrol vehicle trying to block the road. The Audi then continued back to Highway 395 where a pursuit intervention technique was used to finally bring the chase to a halt.
Campos signed the plea agreement, but the discussion of the potential penalty prompted him to begin arguing with the judge.
■ An 18-year-old Carson City man who was arrested after a May 2 pursuit admitted to a count of battery by a prisoner on Monday. Clayton James Enox, 18, now faces two felonies after he previously admitted to a charge of attempted eluding in July.
He faces 18-72 months for the September battery at his Nov. 16 sentencing.
■ A man who jumped into a running vehicle and led deputies on a July 5 chase across the Minden-Tahoe Airport runway received a suspended 2-5-year prison sentence on Tuesday.
Dean Orville Bradbury III, 23, was ordered to pay $9,600 in restitution for the vehicle and the airport fence he drove through.
Bradbury has been attending mental health court in Carson City.
■ A Lake Tahoe man faces up to 11 years in prison after he entered guilty pleas to attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Thad Michael Sidney Winton, 21, admitted taking a 2001 Lincoln Navigator from a South Lake Tahoe home on Sept. 21 and was pursued into Douglas County by South Lake Tahoe police.
His sentencing was set out so he could participate in a drug treatment program.