Trial ends in hung jury

Published 10:55 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The case of a man charged with running from police in 2009 ended in a mistrial on most of the charges this week.

The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on three of the five charges for Karon Jones, who prosecutors said twice ran from police in March 2009.

According to testimony, Jones was stopped by police on March 20 and gave false information to an officer during the stop. When the officer returned to his vehicle to call for backup, Jones ran, the officer testified.

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That incident resulted in charges of eluding police, identity theft and driving on a suspended operator’s license. The jury was unable to reach a conclusion on those charges, and they are set for a retrial Oct. 26-27.

According to the testimony, officers spotted Jones again on March 31, 2009, at which time they initiated a foot pursuit. Jones ran, but he was captured. The jury found him guilty of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice from that incident.

The jury recommended a total of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine for the charges.