NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A 40-year-old man from Fort Worth has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
It was in February of 2020 when McKinney police saw Carlos Espinoza run a stop sign after leaving a known drug house. Espinoza refused to stop for authorities and led them on a chase, at speeds over 60 mph, through residential neighborhoods.READ MORE: North Texas Law Enforcement Disappointed In Gov. Abbott's Veto Of Domestic Violence Education Bill
Espinoza crashed into a backyard fence and tried to run away, but was soon apprehended. Officers found two baggies of methamphetamine during a search of Espinoza’s vehicle and later discovered the suspect had an outstanding warrant.READ MORE: Dallas County DA Reverses Plans To Seek Death Penalty For Alleged Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir
During the punishment phase of his trial, prosecutors introduced evidence of Espinoza’s prior convictions for various felonies including arson and burglary. Espinoza had a total of 26 prior convictions, 16 of which were felonies.MORE NEWS: 'New Personnel & Procedures, Insufficient Oversight' Led To Texas Execution Without Media Present
“Repeat offenders who commit crimes while already in violation of their parole can’t be allowed to remain on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said after sentencing.