Jacob Craven ran from a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy because he feared going to jail on a misdemeanor warrant. He was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for fleeing from police and aggravated assault on an officer.
Craven, 23, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the two felony crimes and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, removing license plate with intent to conceal, and seat belt violation. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. accepted the plea negotiated sentence of four years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.
The Sept. 20, 2016, chase on Interstate 20 from Augusta into South Carolina endangered the life of Deputy Steven Kophazy when Craven tried to side-swipe his vehicle, Assistant District Attorney Amanda Pennington said.
But defense attorney Kimberly Wilder said Craven insisted he wasn’t trying to hurt the officer, only trying to get back on the pavement when he left the road to avoid two semis traveling side by side. Craven, who only had two prior misdemeanor offenses, said he ran because he was scared he would back to jail.