Arthur Buckhault, who is 27, was sentenced to 14 years in state prison for an incident on March 14, and an additional 5 years for a separate charge.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY — State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Oct. 23 that Circuit Court Judge Scott Duncan sentenced Arthur Buckhault to 14 years in state prison after a March 14 incident.
According to a press release from the State Attorney’s Office, Buckhault entered a plea to aggravated battery upon a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude LEO with sirens and lights activated at high Speed, driving while license revoked and leaving the scene of a crash with Injuries.
The 27-year-old was sentenced as a habitual felony offender due to his criminal history, the release said.
The State Attorney Office reported that on March 14, Buckhault struck a school resource deputy with his vehicle at T.R. Jackson Elementary School as the deputy attempted to make contact with Buckhault and his passenger, Amber Holder.
At the time, the deputy was aware that Holder had an active warrant for her arrest. Buckhault failed to comply with any commands given by the deputy and instead accelerated and hit the deputy with his vehicle.
As Buckhault fled the school grounds, he also struck a vehicle and almost struck other individuals, including children, parents and staff, the release said.
He led deputies on a pursuit, driving recklessly and traveling at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour at times. He was apprehended after crashing the vehicle.
The release said that Buckhault was also concurrently sentenced to 5 years in state prison on a separate case after he entered a plea to the sale of a counterfeit controlled substance.
In that case, he sold counterfeit methamphetamine to an individual during an undercover operation conducted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.
Both investigations were conducted by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.