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Deal made as James Surrett faces six felonies in Linn County

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James Surrett will be sentenced in October, but if he is sent to prison the state may dismiss charges from another case.

The dismissed case would be from a crime he is accused of committing while out of jail on bond.

Surrett is accused of assaulting a woman in her home for hours, hitting her, holding her against her will and injecting her with drugs.

"The reasons for that would be if he goes to prison for 15 years, with a mandatory 3 year prison sentence, there's really nothing more that would happen to him with those misdemeanors," said Besler.

In today's hearing Surrett admitted to leading police on a high speed chase which resulted in an accident involving a school bus and a truck, resulting in a couple of injuries.

He said yes when asked about the police giving him visual and audible signs to stop, failing to stop and going at least 25 mph above the listed speed limit.

At the time of the accident, Surrett was barred from driving.

"The elements of this particular offense require that he run from a squad car, that's marked that people can tell is a law enforcement vehicle while the lights are on as well as the sirens on and also that officer has to be in full uniform which none of that was really in dispute here," said Jason Besler, Assistant Linn County Attorney.

Surrett also admitted to five other felonies dating all the way back to 1996 including having items to make meth, helping someone make meth and operating while intoxicated.

The hearing to determine whether or not Surrett will spend any time in prison is set for October 19th.

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