BYRON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – A Byron man is sentenced to prison time for stealing a patrol car and leading deputies on a high-speed chase.
Wednesday, 26-year-old Gator Leon Shaw pleaded guilty to theft by taking during a hearing in Crawford County Superior Court. A judge sentenced him to serve 20 years, 10 of them in prison. He also must pay $5,421.59 in restitution to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for damage to a patrol car.
On June 17, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Shaw’s grandfather’s home on Burnett Road in Byron. According to the District Attorney’s Office the deputy was investigating allegations that Shaw had stolen his grandfather’s truck. The deputy confronted Shaw, and then Shaw led the deputy on a short chase on foot before he got into the deputy’s marked patrol car and drove away.
During a nine-minute chase, Shaw reached and exceeded 100 mph six times as he drove through portions of Crawford and Peach counties. At some point, Shaw activated the emergency lights on the car causing motorists pulled to the side of the road.
Shaw crashed the cruiser on Gunters Mill Road and ran from the scene. He was later arrested. Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker testified that deputies found a black pistol inside the car after the crash.