Driver in high speed chase sentenced to 10 years in prison

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man’s attorney asked a judge for leniency for his client this week, saying the man who led police on a high-speed chase suffers from narcolepsy and other medical conditions that cause him to black out while driving.

Meanwhile, officers told the court Christian Emmons, 44, placed them and others at risk as he drove his car through a residential area at speeds reaching more than 100 miles per hour one morning in early June.

This week in Hancock Circuit Court, Judge Richard Culver sentenced Emmons to 10 years in an Indiana Department of Correction facility, where he’ll undergo a medical evaluation and receive treatment. He’ll receive credit for time he’s already served since being arrested in June. Emmons pleaded guilty last month to two counts of attempted aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, amid allegations he nearly struck officers trying to stop his car.

A Level 3 felony carries a sentence of three to 16 years and up to $10,000 in fines.

He was also charged after his June 9 arrest with felony counts of auto theft and resisting law enforcement, along with misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and reckless driving. Results of a blood test conducted by police after the accident have not been returned to investigators from the Indiana Crime Lab, Prosecutor Brent Eaton said.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.