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Probation violator who eluded police in three chases gets nine years

An Alexandria man who led police on three high-speed chases in July and August was sentenced Tuesday morning to spend about nine years in prison.

Logan Sapp, 22, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, aggravated eluding and felony violation of a protection order by Judge Chris Giles at the Davison County Public Safety Center. He was also found to have violated the conditions of his probation for two counts of possession of a controlled substance in schedules III or IV.

"This is an excellent example to anyone who uses meth of just how far a person can fall," said Theresa Maule Rossow, Sapp's attorney.

Sapp said prior to his sentencing that he has an anger issue, which led him to turn to drugs, and that he's struggled since leaving his parents' house.

"It all started when I thought that I could do it on my own," he said.

Sapp was arrested on the night of Aug. 10, when he was found in a shed in a Mitchell backyard. Earlier that day, according to court documents, Sapp had been chased by police, driving at speeds of up to 90 mph, then escaped into a cornfield when his vehicle stopped working, leaving his AAA card behind.

That was the third chase that Sapp had been involved in during a 10-day period. The first chase occurred on July 31, when Sapp, who had warrants out for violating probation, was seen getting into a truck. An officer tried to stop him, beginning a chase that ended when the officer determined that the safety concerns were too significant to continue.

The second chase took place on Aug. 8, when that same officer saw Sapp in a parking lot. Sapp drove away and ultimately drove at speeds of up to 85 mph through construction zones and toward oncoming traffic. That chase also ended for safety reasons.

About a month after his arrest, Sapp and his brother, Levi Sapp, both of whom were in the Davison County Jail at the time, were both charged following an incident during which one brother reportedly transferred a prescription pill to the other while they shook hands at a jail church service. The charges against both Sapp brothers were dropped.

As part of a plea agreement, three counts of reckless driving and charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, eluding and aggravated eluding were dismissed by the state.

For his probation violation, Sapp was sentenced to a two-year and a five-year prison sentence, which are set to run concurrently. He was sentenced consecutively to two years for his protection order violation, two years with one year suspended for aggravated eluding, and five years with four suspended for possession of a controlled substance. In total, he was given credit for 229 days served in jail.

Thomas O'Keefe, who prosecuted the case for the state, argued for Sapp's sentences to run concurrently.

"I think he poses a danger to the community," O'Keefe said, referencing the incidents of aggravated eluding.

Sapp was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, $317 in court costs and $250 in restitution to Crime Stoppers, as well as to repay court-appointed attorney's fees.