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Fugitive from chase, crash draws 16-month jail terms

A 30-year-old Rockdale man drew a pair of 16-month state jail sentences last week in 20th District Court in connection with incidents earlier this year involving a chase and the crash of a patrol vehicle.

John D. Johnson pleaded guilty to evading arrest (with prior conviction) and evading arrest with a motor vehicle and was sentenced by Judge John Youngblood, according to Prosecutor Kerry Spears.

Johnson was also ordered to pay $337 restitution.

On Feb. 1, Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan’s patrol vehicle sustained extensive damage, and Vaughan was slightly injured, when it struck a tree off County Road 304.

Vaughan, and a number of officers, were chasing a suspect who was being sought on a drug delivery warrant.

The incident began when Ofc. S. A. Smith attempted to stop a vehicle in Rockdale.

The chase was over city streets, unpaved county roads, farm-market roads and off-road.

Vaughan sustained only bruised knuckles after hitting the steering wheel so hard it broke away from the steering column.

The constable’s drug dogs, who were with him during the pursuit and crash, were not injured.

The suspect fled on foot and escaped after his vehicle was disabled by spike strips placed on FM 908.

A manhunt ensured that ended two weeks later Johnson was arrested at his mother’s home in Rockdale after a tip was phoned in to the sheriff’s department.

Police said the suspect was hiding between the mattress and box springs of a bed.

Spears listed other case dispositions as follows:

• Adam Moreno Salazar, 48, Cameron, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three-year prison sentence.

• Heather Michelle Stangle, 22, Austin, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), four years deferred adjudication probation, substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment, $1,500 fine, $140 restitution, not attend any type of musical festival like Nocturnal Fest during the term of her probation.

• Er v in Hugo Schwarz Jr., 42, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child, sevenyear prison term.


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