Katt Williams pleaded no contest in Sacramento and was sentenced to community service. The comedian avoided 180 days in county jail for misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer.
The original sentence was 180 days in county jail, according to the Sacramento Bee, but the judge converted it to the community service stretch with the other 90 days stayed if he does the work and stays out of trouble.
The charge was originally a felony vehicle code violation.
The chase that sparked the charge occurred last November, during a rough patch for the comic as he played dates on the West Coast and bumped up against the law repeatedly along the way. Driving a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, Williams led police on a chase through sidewalks and walkways in downtown Sacramento after they approached him on a disturbing-the-peace complaint, Fox40 News reported at the time.
A ways into the chase, he reportedly took off his helmet and told the cops, “I’m not going to stop”; the chase was called off after police decided it was too dangerous to continue.
Williams, whose real name is Micah Williams, failed to appear several times in court related to the charge. He told reporters last month that the downtown chase was a “misunderstanding,” the Bee said, and called skipping out on Superior Court a mistake.
In December, Katt declared he was retiring from stand-up. His website currently lists no future tour dates.