Man who led police on high-speed chase sentenced
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The man who led police on a high-speed chase that ended at Perley Fine Arts Academy in South Bend was sentenced in court Wednesday.
It all happened back in May on South Bend Avenue just south of Edison Road. Police cars swarmed the area following 38-yaer-old Joseph Stambaugh.
During his wild ride, Stambaugh slammed into two squad cars. He was rushed to the hospital after police shot him and boxed in his car. He was shot seven times while trying to get away.
Jurors found him guilty of three different felony counts and a misdemeanor: Operating a vehicle with a lifetime suspension, resisting law enforcement, possession of cocaine and marijuana, and false informing.
Stambaugh was sentenced to 7 years for count one - operating a vehicle with a lifetime suspension, 3 years for count 2 - resisting law enforcement, 3 years for count 3 - possession of cocaine, 1 year for count 4 - possession of marijuana and 180 days for count 5 - false informing.
The terms for counts one, three and four are to be served concurrently. Counts 2 and 5 are also to be served concurrently, but are to be served consecutive to the other counts. Stambaugh will serve a total of 10 years in the Department of Corrections.