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High-speed ATV driver sentenced on traffic, terroristic threats charges

A Fayetteville man was sentenced to six months in jail followed by four and a half years of felony probation for running from Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies at speeds exceeding 70 mph, and up to 45 mph over posted speed limits, while driving a Honda four-wheeler.
Back in October, a Fayette County grand jury indicted Brandon Nwaopara, 24, on 17 charges related to this incident, which took place July 12, 2014 between the Hwy. 85 North / Corinth Road intersection and neighborhoods surrounding McCurry Park several miles away. Those charges included three counts of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, five counts of Failure to Stop at Stop Signs, three counts of Driving on Wrong Side of Roadway, two counts of Improper Passing, one count of No Proof of Insurance, and one count of Expired Tag.
Monday afternoon, Nwaopara entered a negotiated guilty plea and was handed a five-year sentence, including six months to serve in jail and four and half years to serve on probation, the first two and a half years of which will be on house arrest. Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson ordered Nwaopara to continuously wear an ankle monitor during that time of house arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle McCutchin told the court Nwaopara was eventually being chased by three sheriff’s deputy patrol cars during the incident and that all of the cars had lights and sirens activated, yet Nwaopara continued his efforts to elude officers.
According to the bill of indictment, Nwaopara drove in excess of 55 mph along Corinth Road, which is a 35 mph zone, but then he reportedly drove more than 70 mph through Banks Road East, which is an entirely residential street with posted 25 mph signs. Banks Road East, often used as a shortcut between Hwy. 54 and McElroy Road, also has speed bumps.
During the same hearing Monday afternoon, Nwaopara pled guilty to Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, and Criminal Trespass charges dating back to an Aug. 7, 2014 incident that took place in a car parked at Cooper Lighting in Peachtree City.
According to the bill of indictment, Nwaopara entered his ex-girlfriend’s car without permission in the Cooper Lighting parking lot and threatened to kill her. McCutchin told the court Nwaopara took his girlfriend’s keys and mobile phone and threw them away from the car as well.
Nwaopara was sentenced to an additional three years of misdemeanor probation, which will run consecutive to his five-year felony sentence.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.