Teen sentenced to 18 years in prison for aggravated assault on Groves police officer
Decobi Miles, 19, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in state prison for aggravated assault on a police officer in Groves last year.
Miles was stopped Nov. 6, 2016 for speeding in Groves.
Officers found out Miles have several warrants out for his arrest and Miles sped away after being ordered out of the car.
The following statement was released by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office:
During the stop, officers discovered Miles had several warrants out for his arrest. When Miles was ordered to step out of the car, he threw the car into reverse and swerved, nearly crushing one officer between his patrol car and Miles’ car. A second officer was also nearly struck.
Miles led police on a chase with speeds exceeding 120 miles per hour. Officers had to call off the pursuit for public safety as Miles had several near collisions with other vehicles. He was apprehended several days later.
Jurors viewed police camera and store surveillance footage of the incident. After several hours of deliberations, they reached a verdict of guilty Wednesday afternoon. During punishment, the jury heard evidence concerning Decobi Miles’ disciplinary violations while an inmate in the Jefferson County jail. They also learned that Miles was on felony probation for burglary of a habitation at the time of this attack on the officers. Miles was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March of 2017 for probation violations.
Prosecutor Luke Nichols stated, “We are pleased that the jury agreed that Miles’ actions are not tolerable. He placed several officers’ lives in jeopardy, as well as members of the public. The Groves police officers showed tremendous professional restraint in their handling of this incident, and the jury sent a strong message with their verdict.”
This case was investigated by the Groves Police Department.