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Man who led deputy on vehicular chase in Dungannon sentenced

LISBON — Justin Lamp, the Summitville man convicted by a Common Pleas Court jury this week of a first-degree misdemeanor charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, was sentenced to the maximum 180 days in jail on Wednesday.

Up for argument on Wednesday was the amount of credit Lamp, 41, Foundry Hill Road, should receive for the time he has already been in jail awaiting his trial.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said calculating Lamp’s credit for time served is difficult because while he was out on bond in the Common Pleas Court case he was continuing to be charged for more misdemeanor crimes in county Municipal Court, as well as being picked up on warrants for failure to appear in this case and those cases.

Jones said after working on it for a long time on Tuesday evening, she was prepared to argue for a 157-day credit. She provided her calculations in a written brief to Judge Scott Washam prior to Wednesday’s hearing.

Defense attorney Jennifer Gorby said by her calculation Lamp should be credited with 222 days served. Even if Washam were to agree with Jones that some of his time should not count, Gorby said Lamp should have at least 184 days credit. By her figures, Gorby said Lamp should be released.

Washam said he was going to agree with Jones’ figures, which leaves Lamp 23 days remaining in the county jail. However, he agreed to look at any brief Gorby files quickly on Lamp’s behalf arguing in writing for additional credit.

Lamp was being sentenced a day after the jury found him guilty of the first-degree misdemeanor charge, but not of the elements that would have made the charge a third-degree felony.

The jury found him guilty of failing to stop when sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Steve Walker tried to pull him over on Jan. 7, 2019, traveling for about 5.5 miles mostly on gravel and chip and seal roads in about seven minutes. But the jury did not find his actions caused a substantial risk of serious physical harm to persons or property despite testimony that Lamp was traveling at speeds of up to 75 to 80 mph and through Dungannon.

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