A man who led police on a chase through Chanute in a stolen ambulance will serve at least 2½ years in prison after sentencing Wednesday.
District Judge Daryl Ahlquist sentenced Trevor Jones, 39, to 49 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections at Wednesday morning’s hearing. Jones pleaded no contest to a charge of robbery in the theft of the ambulance July 28, 2018, from the parking lot of Walmart.
Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston said Jones will receive credit for time served since the incident and could be eligible for parole after 42 months for good behavior. After Jones is released, he will be under supervision for 24 months.
Chanute police, Neosho County Sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in the 15-minute chase from the parking lot on south Santa Fe to 7th and Allen. Officers were initially called to the scene after a report of someone behaving erratically, and while officers assisted Jones, he jumped into the driver seat of the running ambulance and locked the doors. Officers fired shots and struck Jones and the ambulance as he drove off.
The state dropped charges of attempting to elude a police officer and interference with an officer from the incident.
Jones was not ordered to pay a fine, but must pay $12,377 in other fees including court costs, court-appointed attorney costs, $2,500 in restitution, and reimbursement to the county of more than $9,500 in medical costs.