A Rittman man fled Wadsworth Municipal Court on Monday morning after being sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Jeremy S. Vance, 29, who received 34 days credit for time already served, left the courtroom and drove away in his vehicle after Judge Stephen McIlvaine handed down the sentence, Wadsworth police Lt. Dave Dorland said.
“He was not in custody. He was just scheduled to appear,” the lieutenant said, adding it was his understanding Vance’s sentence was to begin immediately.
Dorland said officers are not routinely assigned to monitor sentencing hearings.
A failure to appear warrant was issued for Vance, who was sentenced on a receiving stolen property charge dating from November.
Police located Vance at his Rittman residence in the 1800 block of Eastern Road, Dorland said. Vance fled on foot but soon was apprehended by Rittman police, he said.
According to Medina County Common Pleas Court records, Vance pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property (firearm) and was sentenced in 2009 to a year in prison at the Lorain Correctional Institution.
This is not the first time a sentenced man has fled Wadsworth Municipal Court.
In November, a Cleveland man who was sentenced to jail time left the courthouse with his girlfriend following his hearing and led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a two-vehicle crash.