A judge on Monday sentenced a Blue Springs man to five years in prison for injuring another motorist by crashing into his vehicle during a police chase earlier this year.
Police were pursuing Joshua Blake Hardin in January because dispatchers had received a report that he was assaulting a female passenger while he drove erratically through eastern Jackson County.
Hardin, 24, pleaded guilty in October to second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a revoked license.
Prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge for allegedly attacking the passenger, whom Hardin identified as the mother of his 1-year-old son. Court records filed with the charges reflect that the woman did not cooperate with authorities.
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Judge Kenneth R. Garrett rejected a request for probation from Hardin’s attorney and noted that Hardin had ignored the lessons of two previous probation terms for lesser offenses.
“You took it up a notch,” Garrett told Hardin. “You went from possession of a controlled substance to possibly killing someone.”
On Jan. 30, a caller reported to Independence police dispatchers that her car had almost had collided with a Dodge Intrepid driven by a man who was beating a female passenger.
The caller followed the Intrepid north on Missouri 291 onto westbound Interstate 70.
The Intrepid left the highway at Noland Road, leading police on a chase through a busy shopping area and a school zone. The Intrepid collided with a Jeep at 39th Street and Little Blue Parkway, sending that vehicle’s driver to a hospital with multiple fractures and a collapsed lung, prosecutor Traci Ann Stansell said.
That driver now has metal pins in his ankles and cannot stand for long periods
The Jeep’s driver worked at the hospital where he was treated and has undergone $700,000 worth of medical treatments, the judge noted.
Hardin apologized to the driver, who did not attend the hearing.
“I would like to tell him that I made a huge mistake that day,” Hardin said. “I never intended to hurt him. I am sorry.”