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Ga. man sentenced to 10 years for fleeing traffic stop

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:00 AM

MACON, Georgia (AP):

A middle Georgia man has been given a 10-year sentence for fleeing a traffic stop while a deputy was reaching into his vehicle.

The Telegraph of Macon reports 55-year-old Walter Cornelius Smith pleaded guilty yesterday to obstruction and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Authorities have said Smith was stopped for speeding in March 2014 and a deputy called for backup when he smelled marijuana in his SUV. Officials say Smith started the car and tried driving away when the deputy reached inside to try turning off the ignition. The deputy fired shots into the car and Smith was arrested after a chase.

Prosecutor Jason Wilbanks said Smith told investigators that he fled because he had drugs in the car.