VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A person who kidnapped his girlfriend from Maryland then drove to Virginia Beach will serve five years in jail.
A judge sentenced Phillip James Timmons Monday. Timmons entered a guilty plea to Abduction and a weapons charge in June.
On October 4, 2015, Timmons broke the front door of his girlfriend's home in Maryland after she told him not to come to the home.
When the girlfriend dialed 911, Timmons took the phone, then ended the call. An emergency dispatcher called back. Although Timmons told his girlfriend to say she was all right, the girlfriend gave the dispatcher her address and said she needed help.
Timmons grabbed the girlfriend's gun and forced her out of the house and into his truck.
Several times while Timmons was driving, he pulled out the gun, put it to his girlfriend's head, and said they just needed to make it past the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT).
Because of a wind advisory, CBBT workers directed Timmons, who was carrying surfboards, to pull his truck to the side of the road. CBBT workers loaded his boards into a van which they drove across the bridge-tunnel in a van.
Once the van and truck reached the other side of the CBBT, Timmons got out of his truck to get the surfboards. At that point, the girlfriend locked the truck's doors and moved to the driver's seat.
Timmons ran towards the truck with the gun as she put the truck into drive and headed towards the bridge-tunnel's police station.
The girlfriend paused at a stop sign, and Timmons jumped into the back of the truck. The girlfreind made it to the police station where Officer Spreder stepped out of the office. He asked her if she was okay. She explained she had been kidnapped from Maryland.
Timmons and the officer started to struggle. Two state troopers who were there stepped into help, and Timmons was taken into custody.
A judge sentenced Timmons to 13 years in jail Monday but suspended 8 years.