Fleeing driver sentenced to year in jail

Staff writer

A 23-year-old Mayport man who led police on a high speed chase through the Clarion Borough will spend the next year in jail.

Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas Judge Sara Seidle-Patton March 4 sentenced Sky Alexander Hoffman to serve three to 12 months on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and possession with the intent to manufacture of delivery of methamphetamine.

Seidle-Patton told Hoffman if he were free there would be a “risk you would commit another crime.”

The judge also told Hoffman, “drugs have ruined your life to this point.”

Hoffman was arrested after he sold two grams of meth worth $200 to a confidential informer in October 2019. The transaction was observed by police officers in another vehicle.

When Hoffman drove away from the site of the transaction he was followed by police. On South Sixth Avenue the police turned on the emergency lights to stop Hoffman.

Hoffman did not stop, rapidly accelerated and fled at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at the stop sign on Boundary Street and Sixth Avenue.

The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed past the Clarion Elementary School. Just east of the school, Hoffman was able to turn around and drive west on Boundary Street.

Hoffman then stopped on Boundary Street.

After dropping off a passenger, Hoffman then continued to flee again west on Boundary Street with Clarion Borough Police are still in pursuit. The vehicle was stopped when it crashed into multiple police cars.

Hoffman and the passenger, Brayanna J. Aites, 23, were both taken into custody.

On the charge of fleeing and eluding, Hoffman was sentenced to serve two years of probation consecutive to the conspiracy charge. He must pay all fines, fees and the cost of prosecution. He must also pay $500 in restitution to the Clarion Borough and $1,511 to the Gallagher Insurance Company.

Hoffman was remanded to the Clarion County Jail.