Wednesday, November 29, 2023

JCC Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Stealing Car, Eluding Police

The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse

A 27-year-old James City County man received a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday for stealing a car and leading James City County police officers on a chase into New Kent County.

Isaac De Jesus Tobar-Morales admitted there was enough evidence to find him guilty at a hearing in April, though he maintains his innocence.

Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Judge Michael McGinty sentenced him to 10 years in prison, with nine years and 10 months suspended.

Tobar-Morales was arrested in October after he stole a Toyota Tacoma from a man on the 600 block of Penniman Road. The keys were left in the truck, according to a James City County Police report.

Officers learned of the theft and found the car. They followed it onto Interstate 64 West and pursued it. Tobar-Morales was driving the truck at a high rate of speed until he reached Exit 214 in New Kent County, where he crashed into a stopped BMW on the exit ramp.

Deputies from the New Kent County’s Sheriff’s Office took him into custody and charged him with misdemeanor DUI, felony evasion, felony destruction of property, misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor driving without a license.

All charges except the felony evasion charge were dropped in New Kent County. Tobar-Morales received a five-year sentence with three years and 10 month suspended.

The sentence handed down Wednesday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court was for a single charge of felony larceny of a vehicle.

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