Stromsburg man who fled from deputies, through cornfields, in York and Hamilton Counties, gets probation, jail time, fine

YORK – Haden Doht, 25, of Stromsburg, earlier took 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. This week, in York County District Court, he was sentenced to probation, jail time, a fine and a period of having no driver’s license.

The case began when 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, Doht, 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.

Earlier, 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.

This week, he was sentenced by Judge James Stecker in York County District Court. He was sentenced to two years of traditional probation. He was also sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served immediately, with credit for one day already served.

He was also fined $500 and his driver’s license was revoked for 18 months.


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