A 31-year-old homeless man will spend nearly five years in prison for stealing a car as it warmed up on a cold morning in Aberdeen, then leading police on a chase through town.
Jimmy Ray Lowdermilk Jr. was sentenced to four years, nine months for theft a motor vehicle and two years, five months for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. The two sentences will be served concurrently.
On Dec. 4, 2012, court documents state, Lowdermilk took a car that was running and unattended in the 800 block of Essex Avenue. A State Patrol trooper saw the car fail to stop on Alder Street near First Street. In a chase, Lowdermilk allegedly drove up onto a sidewalk as he tried to make a right turn onto Lincoln Street, abandoned the car and ran.
A K-9 track led officers to a home about a block away, in the 800 block of West Market Street, where they found Lowdermilk.
In a letter to the court, the victim said he was forced to sell the car due to damage. He lost about $269 from the crime, he estimated.
“Of course the monetary loss speaks nothing to the inconvenience, lost time from work, stress to our family and the danger the ensuing chase and apprehension posed to our brave law enforcement officers and the public,” he wrote.
Lowdermilk’s sentences are the top of his standard range in both cases, starting at three years, seven months for the theft and one year, 10 months for attempted to elude police.