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Ellison going to prison

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By Susan Sharp

It took Gerard Shawn Ellison less than two months to rack up enough charges to net him a two-year prison sentence.

On Monday Ellison agreed he was guilty of felony escape, felony evading arrest and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. In return, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton sentenced Ellison to the two-year term behind bars.

Ellison’s short lived crime spree began in August 2008 when he failed to return to the county jail after a temporary leave. He had been provisionally released from the jail to attend an inpatient treatment facility, the January indictment said.

In October 2008, Ellison was located when police stopped him and found he was driving on a revoked license, the warrant said. During this incident, Ellison attempted to evade law enforcement, police records said.

Just a week later Ellison and a female were observed in an area where LPD officers were investigating the possibility of a meth lab in Iveydale. Upon being seen, the two attempted to leave the area, the arrest report said. However, in their haste, the duo nearly struck a LaFollette Police car that was attempting to block the road, LPD records said.

This prompted them to turn around driving back to Iveydale Mountain. While Ellison and his passenger tried to flee, they passed a log truck on a blind curve forcing it off the road, the arrest report said. Soon, the pair wrecked the vehicle and attempted to escape on foot.

The female was quickly captured. However, Ellison led police straight up the mountain, the report said.

Eventually Det. Jason Henegar, Officer Daniel Terry and Lt. Monty Miller arrested Ellison.

When officers searched the car, they found meth related items, the arrest report said.

This led to Ellison being charged with promotion to manufacture meth, felony evading arrest, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

During Monday’s hearing Ellison, who was still being held at the county jail was given credit for the time he has served.