Prosecutors cited the "significant criminal record" of Charles James Massengale at his sentencing in Federal Court on Monday.
Massengale, 29, was sentenced to serve 167 months in federal prison by Judge Sandy Mattice.
Attorney Kevin Loper said Massengale began using cocaine when he was 17 - the year his mother died of a heart attack.
He was later involved in a number of burglaries and thefts, it was noted.
He was arrested mostly recently on Jan. 5 by Officer J.R. Burnette of the Cleveland Police Department when he ran a stop sign in Bradley County. The vehicle driven by Massengale fled and crashed after a brief pursuit.
The officer saw a large bag of suspected powder cocaine on top of the emergency brake.
Meanwhile, Massengale managed to maneuver his hands and steal the officer's patrol car.
Also found in the vehicle were a set of digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Massengale was identified as a cocaine dealer in Bradley County.