Thompson sentenced for reckless driving

    Christopher Earl Thompson, accused of threatening a Medford police officer and Ashland resident Greg Lemhouse, has been sentenced to 20 days of jail for reckless driving and another 10 days for first-degree criminal mischief, to run concurrently with the first count, according to court officials.

    Thompson followed Lemhouse home on March 9, 2007 and almost ran him off the road, Lemhouse told the Daily Tidings last March. When Lemhouse approached Thompson to get his license plate number, Thompson ran into Lemhouse's car, according to police.

    Thompson pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving and criminal mischief. All other charges, including attempted assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants, were dropped.

    In addition to the jail sentence, which begins Jan. 29, Thompson will be evaluated for the need for alcohol and anger management counseling. Thompson also faces a 90-day driver's license suspension and 18 months bench probation, after which time his sentence may be reduced to a misdemeanor. Unlike formal probation, bench or "informal" probation does not always require monitoring for controlled substances or visits to the person's home or office. He must also pay a $250 fine and is not allowed to have any contact with Lemhouse.

    Although the sentencing occurred last week, the official court documents have not been signed by the judge and are subject to change, court officials said.

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