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Council member's kin sentenced for fleeing

The grandson of St. Petersburg City Council member Ernest Fillyau was sentenced to the Pinellas County Jail on Monday for fleeing police last year.

Carter Fillyau, 27, pleaded no contest to charges of fleeing and eluding as well as reckless driving. About 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, police searching for someone involved in a homicide saw a car they said was similar to the one used for the getaway. When officers tried to stop the car, it sped up, ran several stop signs and finally crashed into a palm tree.

Neither Fillyau nor his passengers were involved in the homicide. Fillyau told detectives he fled because he mistakenly thought his driver's license was suspended. Under the plea agreement worked out between Assistant State Attorney David Lichter and Assistant Public Defender David Siar, Circuit Judge Tim Peters sentenced Fillyau to nine months in jail.

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