High-speed chase ends with prison time

2013-03-07T13:31:00Z 2013-03-07T23:34:01Z High-speed chase ends with prison timeCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
March 07, 2013 1:31 pm  • 

A 20-year-old Washington state man will serve a year and a half in prison for a pot- and alcohol-fueled flight through Philomath last month that topped 140 mph, wrecked his car and injured his three passengers.

Andrew Franklin Wagner of Puyallup was sentenced Thursday morning in Benton County Circuit Court by Terry Ann Leggert, a visiting judge from Marion County.

In a deal negotiated with prosecutors, Wagner pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in the third degree and one count of eluding police — all felonies — plus one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of attempting to elude police, all misdemeanors, were dismissed.

Under terms of the plea deal, Wagner will be subject to two years of post-prison supervision and will lose his driver’s license for five years.

Wagner was driving west through Philomath in his 1998 Pontiac Firebird shortly after 9 p.m. Feb. 9 when a Philomath police officer attempted to pull him over for having a burned-out license plate light.

Instead of stopping, Wagner raced through town on Main Street, reaching a reported 140 mph before losing control on a curve and crashing on Highway 20 just west of the city limits. He tried to flee on foot but was caught by police.

All three of his passengers, aged 20 to 33, were admitted to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries that ranged from broken teeth to a broken shoulder.

Christian Stringer, chief deputy district attorney for Benton County, handled the case for the prosecution.

Robert C. Corl of Corvallis represented Wagner as defense counsel.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com.

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