Stromsburg man who fled from deputies, through cornfields, in York and Hamilton Counties, gets plea agreement

YORK – Haden Doht, 25, of Stromsburg, has taken a plea agreement in a case involving his fleeing from deputies in York and Hamilton Counties, through cornfields and down country roads, before being arrested.

A York County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a grey Buick Park Avenue for speeding on Highway 81 in York County. According to court documents, the vehicle’s driver was Doht and he “immediately sped away, turned onto an access road, went behind a business (on South Lincoln Avenue) and then went southwest across an open but planted cornfield.” York County deputies located the vehicle near the Bradshaw interchange. (He) fled and another pursuit ensued. After traveling on various roads and fields, the pursuit was stopped.

“Hamilton County deputies then became involved in the pursuit when the vehicle was seen entering Hamilton County. The vehicle then returned to the York County line where it became disabled and stopped. The lone occupant was taken into custody by Hamilton County deputies,” court documents indicated.

Deputies said he failed a pre-breath test and was transported to York County Corrections. It was further established his breath sample came in at a .18, over the limit. It was noted he has a prior enhanced DUI conviction.

This week in York County District Court, Doht’s charges were amended: operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class 4 felony, was amended to a Class 1 misdemeanor; willful reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor stayed the same; and enhanced second degree DUI to amended to second offense DUI. He pleaded no contest to the amended charges.

Sentencing has been set for April 29.



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