FARGO — A Moorhead man must serve 15 months behind bars for breaking into a home, stealing a car, leading police on a chase and crashing through a fence at Hector International Airport in August.
Cass County District Judge Tristan Van de Streek sentenced 22-year-old Andrew Travis Brook-Hadley Tuesday, Jan. 21, on six counts related to the police chase. Brook-Hadley received credit for having already served 168 days in custody.
That sentence will run concurrently to a similar sentence he received earlier this month for the burglary related to the case. One of two burglary charges was dismissed.
Brook-Hadley has been in jail since he was arrested Aug. 7 at Hector International Airport, where he crashed a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx stolen from an apartment he had just burglarized.
According to court documents:
A man found Brook-Hadley in his apartment about 8 a.m. Aug. 6 holding a pan. The man and a woman in the apartment were afraid Brook-Hadley would hit them with the pan.
Brook-Hadley stole the Malibu, along with multiple containers of alcohol, a flatscreen TV, bluetooth soundbar and purse.
Police started pursuing Brook-Hadley at about 8 a.m. Aug. 7 on Dakota Drive North after they found the Malibu with a flat tire. Brook-Hadley fled in the car and almost hit several people while driving on a sidewalk at a high rate of speed.
The chase ended when police struck the side of the fleeing car. Brook-Hadley lost control of the car and crashed through an airport fence near a parking lot. He resisted before he was ultimately arrested, court documents said.
Brook-Hadley pleaded guilty to four Class C felonies — theft, fleeing police, reckless endangerment and trespassing — as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and reckless driving. Charges of preventing arrest, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
He must pay nearly $24,000 in restitution to the car's owner, the airport and the Fargo Police Department after two squad vehicles were damaged during the chase.