Judge Rejects Plea from Man Who Fled from Cops


A Grovertown man who is accused of backing his car into a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy following a high-speed pursuit is due back in court later this month for another status hearing.

Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall yesterday rejected a guilty plea from 33-year-old Paul Coffin. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated and possession of pseudoephedrine by a meth offender in connection with the Sept. 3 incident on U.S. 30 at 1100 East.

Court documents indicate Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Gray stopped Coffin’s car and was walking toward him when Coffin put it into reverse, backed into Gray’s patrol vehicle and took off again. Judge Hall told Coffin he will not accept a plea agreement for less than the maximum 30 months for that offense and reset the case for a June 24th status hearing.