Habitual offender sentenced following epic chase last fall

DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – A Whitfield County Judge sentenced James William Hefner, Jr. to eleven years in prison following a six county chase last fall.

Prosecutors call the 51 year old an habitual traffic offender.

He had 7 prior DUI convictions and 11 convictions of driving on a suspended license.

In this case, he lead police on an hour long chase on his motorcycle a year ago.

A Whitfield County deputy tried to stop him for speeding in the Rocky Face area.

The chase continued through Whitfield, Walker, Gordon, Murray, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties, on both sides of the road.

It finally ended when his motorcycle crashed into a Gordon County squad car.

Investigators say they also found meth and a meth pipe on him after the crash.

Hefner rejected several plea deals, but did not offer a defense.

The District Attorney notes that the jury deliberated for less time than the chase took.

He still faces more charges from Gordon County.

 

Categories: Local News, Regional News, Whitfield County

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