The Kentucky Court of Appeals has affirmed the probation revocation for a Johnson County man who pleaded guilty to fleeing and evading police in a high speed chase in 2014.
According to the decision, Christopher Stambaugh, 44, who is currently lodged in Harlan County, pleaded guilty in April 2014 to first-degree fleeing and evading and first-degree wanton endangerment. He was then sentenced to 180 days of home incarceration, and 10 years probated for five years, supervised. His probation was revoked, the decision said, for “several” violations of corrections guidelines including a drug test showing positive for Suboxone.
Stambaugh’s probation was revoked, but Stambaugh appealed and the decision was reversed, returning him to supervised probation.
“Unfortunately, Stambaugh was unable to abide by the law or the terms of his probation due to his substance abuse,” the appeals court decision said. “Several times in 2016 and 2017, Stambaugh admitted to his probation officer he used methamphetamine, Suboxone, marijuana and alcohol.”
Stambaugh was also terminated from outpatient treatment for “repeated absences.”
Another revocation hearing was held in July 2018. The trial court summarized the case, saying, “The court also finds that Probation and Parole has done everything they possibly can do to accommodate the defendant and supervise him in the community, but those efforts have been unavailing and that his addiction and other issues such as driving without a license are such that the community is at risk.”
Stambaugh’s appeal of that revocation has been denied and the court’s findings have been affirmed.
“Stambaugh was entitled to factual findings explaining how he violated his probation. The trial court made such factual findings,” the decision said.
Stambaugh’s sentence runs out in 2026, but he will be eligible for parole in April 2020, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.