MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy man who led sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit through a corn field last July was sentenced to prison on Monday.
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Brandon Knoop, 28, of Troy, to serve 18 months in prison for felony fleeing and eluding on Monday. He also was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail for an OVI charge, which will run concurrent with the prison sentence.
Knoop apologized to the court, stating he was truly sorry for his actions. Attorney Jack Hemm noted Knoop turned himself in, and secured alcohol treatment and counseling and acknowledged his alcohol addiction. Hemm also said Knoop had $600 of the $1,600 of restitution payment ready to submit that day.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins said Knoop, only 28 years of age, had three OVIs and two prior fleeing and eluding charges and three other alcohol-related charges.
Watkins said the court needed to send a clear message to the community that drinking and driving could mean prison time.
Judge Pratt said the court found the case very difficult due to Knoop’s positive steps in securing treatment, holding a job and meeting his obligations before sentencing. She also noted the duration, the distance and the multiple moving violations Knoop incurred when he failed to pull over for a traffic stop on July 2.
Judge Pratt also suspended Knoop’s license for five years and ordered him to complete three years of post-release control.
“You made good, positive steps, but there’s consequences for your actions,” Pratt said.
Judge Pratt also told Knoop that if he followed treatment recommendations, he could be eligible for early judicial release.
Pratt ordered Knoop to pay $1,600 to the owner of the corn field for the damage caused by Knoop.
On July 2, a deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop on a tan Honda for a traffic violation on County Road 25-A. The deputy activated emergency lights and siren but Knoop did not stop and a pursuit ensued. The tires of the Knoop’s Honda were spiked on County Road 25-A near the sub station by another deputy. Knoop continued on and then wrecked into a corn field off of Deweese Road and he fled on foot. Knoop turned himself in to authorities later.
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