A man who fled police and struck a car, injuring a couple, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Jeremy Fogleman, 37, of Destin, Florida, received the maximum penalty Friday for a felony conviction on failure to stop a motor vehicle, District Attorney Joel Smith said.
Judge Roger Clark sentenced Fogleman in Harrison County Circuit Court.
Fogleman also has a pending felony charge of running from police resulting in a death in Gulfport. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on that charge.
Fogleman had run from Biloxi police while driving a black and orange Dodge Charger on Aug. 27, 2014.
Police testifying at his trial, which ended Aug. 10, said he had an obscured license plate. They said he reached speeds of more than 80 mph on Division Street and U.S. 90. and hit a car at U.S. 90 and Beauvoir Road.
The other driver and his wife were not seriously injured, but their car was totaled.
After his arrest, Fogleman told police he ran because he was wanted on a similar charge in Florida.
Fogleman represented himself during the Biloxi trial. He expressed remorse and asked for leniency, Smith said.
Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker asked Clark to give Fogleman the maximum penalty. He told the judge Fogleman has felony convictions on a DUI in California in 2008 and a similar felony eluding conviction in Florida in 2014.
Baker asked Clark to find the crime to be a crime of violence under state law and to give Fogleman the maximum punishment allowable.
“When a person flees from the police in his automobile at a high rate of speed, there is a substantial likelihood that serious bodily injury or even death may occur,” he said. “The perpetrator risks not only his life, but the lives of the officers in pursuit and the innocent citizens sharing the roadway.”