Preston L. Wade, age 19, of North Canton, Ohio was sentenced on Thursday, October 18, 2012 for “Aggravated Vehicular Assault” and “Failure to Comply with the Order or Signal of a Police Officer” in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court. Wade entered a no contest plea to the charges against him on October 2, 2012.
Wade was the driver of a 2009 Pontiac Vibe on August 22, 2011 when he fled from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and ultimately crashed into the Guernsey County Courthouse. Wade was severely injured in the accident and is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The other passengers in the car have been treated and released.
The Court sentenced the Defendant to a total sentence of 36 months. He was also ordered to pay restitution to Guernsey County for the insurance deductible for the damage to the Guernsey County Courthouse. He was also given a 99 year license suspension.