PORTLAND, Ind. — A Redkey man has signed a plea agreement that could resolve one criminal case against him, and is pursuing an insanity defense in another.
In the first case, 42-year-old Nathan Scott Lawhead on Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving after a lifetime suspension, a Level 5 felony carrying a standard six-year sentence.
A plea agreement — taken under advisement by Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison — places a four-year cap on the sentence Lawhead could receive.
The deal also calls for dismissal of two other charges against the Redkey man, resisting law enforcement and driving while intoxicated.
The case stems from events in July 2020 that saw Lawhead accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Portland.
Hutchison tentatively set sentencing for May 17.
In the other case, Lawhead is accused of going to the home of a Jay County sheriff’s deputy last Oct. 27 and repeatedly threatening to harm the deputy.
Investigators said those threats were made in the presence of the deputy’s young son and his mother-in-law.
He is also accused of attacking another deputy and a Portland police officer after a later traffic stop.
Lawhead faces eight criminal charges in that case, including two counts of battery resulting in injury to a public safety official and single counts of disarming a law enforcement officer, intimidation and strangulation.
The Redkey man’s attorney, Brandon Murphy of Muncie, has filed the motions necessary to pursue an insanity defense, leading to appointment of a local mental health professional to examine Lawhead.
The trial was most recently set for trial on July 21.
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.