State sentence imposed on New Freeport man

February 14, 2014
Brian Keith Phillips

WAYNESBURG – A New Freeport man who pleaded guilty to multiple charges in December was sentenced Thursday to 6 to 16 years in prison by Greene County Judge William Nalitz.

Brian Keith Phillips, 28, of 143 Main St., New Freeport, was charged in two separate incidents from April 30, 2012, and July 12, 2012. Phillips pleaded guilty in the two cases to theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault by vehicle, criminal conspiracy, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person, driving after imbibing alcohol or a controlled substance as a second offense in 10 years, and 12 summary traffic violations.

In April 2012, police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the Nemacolin home of Charles M. Walker, IV, 379A Grant St. Officers saw Phillips’ vehicle exit a nearby driveway and attempted to perform a traffic stop on Phillips. Instead, he led officers on a high speed chase that culminated in a two-vehicle accident at Route 88 and Ceylon Road in Carmichaels, where Phillips ran a red light. Phillips’ car struck a vehicle operated by Marlene Walker of Carmichaels.

Phillips and his passenger, Nevin Lee Mitchell, 25, of 225 Herrods Run Road, New Freeport, were both flown for treatment to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Walker did not report any injuries.

Police located a large flat screen television and a blue suit case in the rear of Phillips’ vehicle that matched descriptions of the two items stolen from Walker’s home.

In the second case, Phillips was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of his car on Routes 19 and 21 in Waynesburg. Police woke Phillips who began to cry, yell, fight and threaten them, according to a criminal complaint. After failing multiple sobriety tests, he was transported to Southwest Regional Medical Center, where he tested positive for cocaine, Alprazolam and Benzoylecgonine.

On Thursday, Nalitz ordered Phillips to pay all fines, court costs and fees and remanded him to the custody of Greene County sheriff’s deputies for transport to SCI-Pittsburgh for classification and placement.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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