CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) – A Gastonia man who eluded Charlotte police by escaping through a fast food drive-thru window was sentenced on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina announced.

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Gastonia resident Corey Jenkins, 37, will serve more than nine years after pleading guilty to charges in December of 2021.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Jenkins in January of 2021 for a plate violation, but Jenkins refused, records showed.

During the pursuit, he crashed into another vehicle and fled on foot, and went into a nearby fast food establishment, where he eventually escaped CMPD officers by jumping through the restaurant’s drive-thru window. During the chase he attempted to dispose of a loaded gun, officials said.

Jenkins was arrested a short time later and the gun, which officials later learned had been reported stolen, was recovered.

The suspect was under supervised release at the time of the incident from a previous gun-related conviction.

Jenkins has a criminal history that includes assault on a female and drug possession with intent to sell.