COLUMBUS – An Iowa man will be serving jail time as a result of a high-speed chase through Columbus last summer.
Court records say that 20-year-old Benito Hernandez had been living in Columbus, but was wanted for a probation violation out of Iowa. Hernandez was also a registered sex offender in Iowa, and did not inform the Platte County Sheriff’s Office or Marshalltown, Iowa of his address changes.
On July 12, 2018 Columbus Police Officers attempted to apprehend Hernandez, but he fled in his vehicle. The pursuit went through residential areas, with speeds reaching approximately sixty miles per hour.
Hernandez was driving down 15th Street and struck a curb when attempting to turn onto 21st Avenue, crashing into the yard of a residence. Hernandez then fled on foot before being apprehended in a back yard at 2014 14th Street.
Hernandez was extradited back to Iowa, where he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Hernandez was brought back to Columbus to be sentenced before the Platte County District Court on Friday.
Hernandez was found guilty of violation of the sex offender registry act, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, and resisting arrest. Hernandez was sentenced to two years in jail for each of the first two offenses, and one year in jail for the third.
The sentences will run concurrently with one anther, and will run concurrent with his sentences in Iowa. Hernandez was also sentenced to 12 months of post-release supervision, and his operator’s license was revoked for two years.