New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2021

Hampton man who fled police receives two-year sentence in alternative program

By Andre Jones | December 22, 2020 12:02 am


A Hampton man will serve an alternative sentence for grand theft auto after receiving formal sentencing during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

John Perlie Dawson Jr., 33, of 16 Kenneth Street, learned that he has been accepted into the CCAP (Community Corrections Alternative Program) and will serve at least two years in the program. The alternative program was also part of his originally plea agreement.

During an Oct. 26 trial, Dawson entered guilty pleas to felony counts of grand theft auto, eluding of police, and hit and run, as well as to misdemeanor counts of trespassing, tampering with a vehicle, and reckless driving.

In a summary of evidence at that trial, it was determined that on June 28, Dawson led police officers on a chase that started on North Courthouse Road where the defendant was traveling 70 miles per hour in a spotted 45 miles per hour zone. The chase led to Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) where the defendant drove westbound in the eastbound lanes, striking a vehicle near Toe Ink Wayside. Dawson bailed on foot, leading to several law enforcement units canvassing the area. Six hours later, the defendant was discovered slumped over in a vehicle that he had stolen from Anthony Wasiack.

Dawson received five years with all time suspended on each of the three felony convictions, upon condition that he successfully completes the CCAP program. All 12 months on each of the three misdemeanor convictions were also suspended.

In other cases during afternoon circuit court proceedings:

–Jason Scott Forrest, 42, of the 16000 block of Cooks Mill Road, Lanexa, was found guilty on an amended charge of misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle (originally felony unauthorized use of a vehicle). One felony failure to appear charge was dismissed. Evidence determined that on Nov. 8, 2019, Forrest used a vehicle belonging to Paul Efird without his permission.

–Paula Sisk, of Lanexa, entered a guilty plea to possession of a Schedule I/II substance as part of a plea agreement. She also entered a guilty plea to DUI (first offense). One charge of violating pretrial conditions was dropped.

As part of the deal, Sisk received a five-year sentence with four years, nine months suspended (three months to serve). All 90 days on the DUI first offense were suspended.