(SALISBURY, Md.) - Phillip Daniel Thomas has been sentenced to eighteen years in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping and assault.

In Dec. 2015, Thomas was pulled over for performing an illegal U-turn that almost collided into a patrol car.

The traffic stop occurred shortly after Thomas allegedly forced a woman into the car he was driving. The victim claimed that the defendant threatened to kill her and hide the body. The woman then jumped from the vehicle speeding southbound on Nanticoke Road to escape her kidnapper.

Maryland State Trooper William Shelter discovered the victim approaching his police car with tattered and blood-stained clothing, and assisted her to safety shortly thereafter.

State's Attorney, Matthew A. Maciarello, called the traffic stop "a prime example of how traffic enforcement often leads to the apprehension of violent felons."