A $10,000 bond was set Nov. 7 for a man who fled from White Hall police officers on Nov. 5 and in the process ignored stop signs and lights and almost hit several vehicles.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Victor Baker, 26, with felony fleeing.
According to a probable cause affidavit from White Hall Police Sgt. Celena Harbison, Sgt. Stephen Moreau was sent to the Dollar General at 8605 Dollarway Road in response to a reported shoplifting in progress; when he arrived on the parking lot, an employee pointed to a vehicle that was blocking the entrance to the business.
Moreau attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as Baker, fled at high speed to U.S. 270, where he almost hit several vehicles at the intersection with Edwards Street. Baker continued driving to Cypress Street, where he stopped the vehicle and fled on foot before being caught after a short chase.
In addition to the felony fleeing, Baker was also charged with multiple misdemeanor traffic offenses as well as shoplifting.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Baker, who was convicted of theft of property in 2016 and sentenced to prison. It was unclear if he is on parole or not.