Man gets 20 years for stealing, crashing Crawford Co. patrol car

    Gator Shaw/Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office

    CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ga. -- The man accused of stealing and wrecking a Crawford County patrol car in June accepted a plea deal Wednesday in court and will spend 10 years in prison.

    Gator Shaw, 26, of Crawford County, pleaded guilty to theft by taking.

    He was sentenced to 20 years total -- including 10 in prison. Shaw also must pay $5,421.59 restitution to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for damage to the patrol car incurred when he crashed it into a tree.

    Prior, Shaw had also been convicted in Houston, Taylor and Peach counties. He’d been released from prison nine days prior to the car chase and had failed to report to his probation officer as required.

    According to deputies, in June, deputies received a call about a stolen car on Burnette Road in Byron.

    When a deputy arrived, Shaw tried to run and the deputy chased after him. During the foot chase, Shaw got into the deputy's patrol car that was left unlocked and drove off in it. Deputies later caught up with Shaw on Gunters Mill Road, where he lost control and wrecked the patrol car.

    Speaking after the hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Mr. Shaw thought he could outrun the consequences of his reckless actions when he led deputies on a high-speed chase, endangering countless people in Crawford and Peach counties. With today’s sentencing, those consequences have caught up with him.”

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