Local man pleads guilty

Resident agrees to 22 months for eluding officers

— A local man agreed to serve 22 months in prison for crimes committed on Jan. 28.

Orlando Patina Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to eluding police in a plea agreement signed Thursday.

He was sentenced yesterday. Documents were not available as of press time.

A second case against him was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

On Jan. 28, Patina was arrested in the 1000 block of Decatur Avenue for eluding police and possessing a firearm, reports state. His bail was $25,000 and he was released.

He was re-arrested about a week later at 1001 E. Decatur Ave. after allegedly threatening a resident there, claiming he had a gun, records show. His bail set was $50,000.

Police arrested Patina a second time after responding to an alleged weapons offense. No weapon was found in his or his victim’s home, Cmdr. Scott Bailey said.

Patina was charged with criminal trespassing and threats to do harm, he said.

Patina was out of jail after the Jan. 28 arrest because he was deemed non-violent after a preliminary hearing, Bailey said.

On Jan. 28, Patina failed to stop the vehicle he was driving and led Officer Porter on a short pursuit. It reached speeds of 50 mph within local neighborhoods, police records state.

The pursuit ended when Patina stopped the vehicle in an alley near Decatur Avenue. In court documents, he admitted to driving in a reckless manner.

Patina fled the vehicle on foot. Neighbors aided and the search and a 9mm handgun was found, records show.

That resulted in charges of attempting to elude police officers and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The firearm charge was also dismissed as a part of the plea agreement, documents show.


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