Man pleads guilty to eluding police, causing DUI crash

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Charles Harris

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man pleaded guilty this week to charges of felony fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and DUI.

Charles Harris, 47, decided to plead guilty right before jury selection was to begin for his trial.

In March, Harris chased a man who was on his way to work by ramming his car several times. The man called 911, and Harris was spotted by Jacksonville police while he was driving the wrong way on Stockton Street on the Westside.

Harris ran through several red lights and stop signs as police tried to pull him over. Using tactical training, police stopped Harris, who then tried to flee again by ramming his car into a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle.

When officers got Harris out of his car, they found he was intoxicated. Harris admitted he was drunk, and that is why he ran from the police.

Harris faces 30 years in prison as a habitual felony offender. He will be sentenced Oct. 8.

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