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Driver convicted of evading arrest


LIVINGSTON -- A 30-year-old Lake Jackson man was found guilty on Monday, May 8, on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle during a trial before 411th Judicial District Judge Kaycee Jones. According to District Attorney Lee Hon, William Michael Munn is expected to be sentenced on May 30. During the half-day of testimony during the trial, evidence presented by Assistant Criminal District Attorney Nicole Washington showed that on Sept. 26, 2015, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ramey Bass was on routine patrol on U.S. 59 in the Goodrich area when he sighted a black Ford Mustang traveling north at a speed of 100 miles per hour in a 65-mph posted zone. Bass activated his police lights to initiate a traffic stop on the Mustang, but the vehicle failed to stop, so the highway patrol trooper initiated a pursuit. During trial, jurors watched dash cam footage of the pursuit, during which, the vehicle exceeded speeds of 140 mph, traveled closely behind other motorists and swerved quickly, causing them to take evasive action. Munn failed to stop in response to the overhead lights, strobe lights and audible siren from Bass' marked DPS vehicle. Livingston police officers joined the pursuit and the vehicle continued to travel northbound, failing to stop at a red light on U.S. 59 in Corrigan. Corrigan Police Department officers were dispatched to close U.S. 287 before the U.S. 59 crossing in both directions for the safety of other motorists. Due to its high speed, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in Corrigan, driving through a wooden fence and a hurricane fence at a private residence before coming to a stop. Officers were able to take Munn into custody with further incident. Although the suspect appeared intoxicated on an unknown substance at the time of his arrest, testing revealed neither recreational nor prescription drugs, nor the presence of alcohol in Munn's system. Armed with this evidence, Washington argued that Munn intentionally evaded the trooper from Goodrich to Corrigan. The jury agreed, returning a verdict in less than 15 minutes. Hon said his office wanted to express appreciation to Bass and responding officers from each law enforcement agency involved in ensuring the safety of other motorists during this pursuit. Washington added she wanted to thank the jury for their time and attention in this case.


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