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Grand Teton speedster reverses course on appealing sentence

JACKSON (WNE) — An Idaho man caught driving 132 mph in Grand Teton National Park in March and sentenced to 90 days in jail is no longer pursuing a federal appeal of his case.

Jessie Perry filed a notice of appeal on July 19, seven days after a federal trial found him guilty of fleeing and attempting to elude police. During the July trial, held remotely, a federal judge issued a sharp rebuke and tougher sentence than the 45 days recommended by the prosecuting attorney.

“This person started drinking early in the morning, made the affirmative decision to drive on public highways and drive at an incredible speed,” U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Michael Shickich said at trial. “It’s beyond belief he didn’t see officers and an incredibly inappropriate form of driving.”

Perry also pleaded guilty to a DUI charge under a pretrial agreement that dropped eight other misdemeanors including the following: reckless driving, failure to display a license plate, having an open alcohol container, speeding, careless operation, having expired temporary license permits, driving with a suspended license and lack of insurance. Rangers described the 37-year-old as pushing other cars off the road on a “busy Sunday” afternoon near Moose as he sped down Highway 89/26/191.

On Oct. 25, Perry asked the court to dismiss his appeal of his sentence after discussing the matter with his attorney and “weighing all the options, according to court documents.

On Oct. 26, U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson dismissed the appeal.

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