Deputy District Attorney says "steep sentence" resulted from previous felony convictions. Fleeing from traffic officer charge qualified him for state prison term.
Douglas Jeremiah Stout, 25, of Dunsmuir, was sentenced on Tuesday in the Siskiyou County Superior Court to 8 years and 8 months in state prison. The sentence was issued by Superior Court Judge Laura Masunaga after Stout was found guilty of felony charges of vehicle theft and flight from a traffic officer with a disregard for safety.
“The defendant had four prison priors and three felony convictions for vehicle theft,” said Siskiyou County Deputy District Attorney Martha Aker. “That is why this was such a steep sentence.”
The crimes occurred on Oct. 19, 2011 in Mount Shasta. According to Aker, during the night, Stout drove off in a vehicle that was parked at Mt. Shasta Tire on N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. The vehicle owner was an employee of the business, and he had left the keys in the truck.
The next morning, the employee arrived at work and reported the truck stolen. A description of the vehicle was provided to the Mt. Shasta Police Department.
That day, officers spotted Stout driving the truck in Mount Shasta, and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Stout sped up, and led the officers on a mile-long chase through the town, said Aker.
During the chase, Stout hit a pole at the corner of Mt. Shasta Blvd. and Water St. in the presence of onlookers, backed up, and headed for High St., Aker explained. He managed to evade officers, and he came to a stop on Ream Ave. Then, he ditched the vehicle.
Officers had a description of Stout, and he was apprehended in downtown Mount Shasta later that day.
Because officers did not know if Stout had a weapon, Mount Shasta Elementary School went into lockdown for a short period of time.
Aker noted that Stout's conviction of fleeing from a traffic officer was the charge that qualified him for a prison sentence. Had he not fled during the attempted traffic stop, he would have been eligible to serve his sentence in the county jail due to state realignment.
“This was a case where the defendant really deserved to go to prison,” commented Aker.
Stout’s attorney Andrew Marx did not return a phone call to comment on the sentence.