Stambaugh sentenced after attempting to flee from police

A St. Joseph County man, who was shot by police during a high-speed pursuit earlier this year, has been sentenced.

Joseph Stambaugh, 38, will spend ten years in prison, after a jury convicted him this month on resisting arrest, drug possession and other charges.

Back in May, South Bend Police stopped him for a traffic violation near the intersection of State Road 23 and Twyckenham Drive.

But Stambaugh sped off into the 700 block of Eddy Street in front of Perley School, where he crossed the center line and hit two squad cars.

When Stambaugh attempted to flee the scene again, police opened fire, striking him at least seven times.

During the trial, his defense attorney argued that the amount of cocaine and marijuana found in Stambaugh's car were small, and that he was likely fleeing because of his driver's license suspension.

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