Longmont Man Who Led Police on K-9 Chase During Traffic Stop Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison
A Longmont man accused of shoplifting in June and then running from police, prompting a Longmont K-9 search, was sentenced on Friday.
William Chavis, 26, was sentenced to two years in prison, with 108 days’ credit for time served, after pleading guilty to two of the initial nine charges he faced.
Chavis pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a weapon by a prior offender and one count of criminal possession of identification documents, both Class 6 felonies.
He also faced charges of robbery, resisting arrest, harassment, theft, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and an additional count of criminal possession of identification documents, but they were dismissed by the district attorney.
According to an arrest report, Chavis activated a security alarm while leaving the Walmart on East Ken Pratt Boulevard on May 22. When a private security guard tried to stop him from driving away, Chavis used force against him and fled on foot, dropping a pistol from his waistband in the process.
Chavis was not apprehended that day, but police recovered the pistol, stolen Walmart goods, two methamphetamine pipes and less than 2 grams of the drug inside the car, according to the arrest report, as well as potentially stolen identification documents.
Chavis also was facing a number of warrants that included charges of third-degree assault and motor vehicle theft.
A few days later, they conducted a traffic stop on a car in which Chavis was a passenger. He fled on foot, but Longmont K-9 Rudi chased and apprehended him.
At the time of his arrest, Chavis had a knife and had thrown 5.8 grams of meth onto the ground during the pursuit, according to the arrest report.
According to Colorado court records, Chavis has previous convictions for trespassing, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, third-degree assault, harassment and criminal impersonation.
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