WOODSTOCK - A Tennessee man involved in a police pursuit chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on I-81 in April has been sentenced to a year in prison after being indicted by a Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury earlier this month.
Miguel Lorenzo Perez, 24, La Vergne, Tennessee, pleaded guilty on July 21 to all of the charges he was facing, one count of eluding and three counts of neglect of a child under the age of 18-years-old after the indictment earlier this month.
He was sentenced to three years in prison for the eluding charge, with two years suspended, and two years of probation. He was also sentenced to six months in prison, all suspended, on each of the three child neglect charges, and his license was suspended for 90 days.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Perez was driving an SUV observed northbound on I-81 at 4 a.m. by a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy between Edinburg and Woodstock on April 3. Perez was caught on radar at speeds of 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.
The deputy caught up to Perez and activated his emergency equipment, at which point speeds reached up to 100 mph, the complaint states. Perez kept driving, swerving between traffic, and the deputy reached speeds between 110 and 120 mph as he kept up with him, the complaint states
Perez cut his car's lights off twice, and he almost sideswiped a van and tractor-trailer at the Toms Brook entrance ramp while attempting to enter the highway, the complaint states. At exit 298 for Strasburg, Perez came to a stop on the right shoulder and was taken into custody without incident.
Perez said he saw the deputy’s light and got scared because he did not have a license and is on probation, the complaint states. The six other passengers in the SUV with Perez included three children ages 17, 4 and 3 years old.