TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) - 32-year-old Michael Sykes of Lafayette will spend 6 and 1/2 years in prison after driving drunk without a license, then hiding from police earlier this year.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said Sykes pleaded guilty to being a habitual traffic violator and a habitual substance offender, and operating while intoxicated with a prior OWI conviction.
As News 18 first reported in January, police tried to pull Sykes over for driving erratically, but Sykes kept driving until he crashed his car, and then ran away.
Officers found Sykes in some nearby bushes.
His blood alcohol content was tested at .27, more than three times the legal limit.
In addition to the prison time, Sykes will have three years of supervised probation.
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