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William Michael Munn, 30, of Lake Jackson
Man Who Led Police on Wild Chase Gets 15 Years, LIVINGSTON, May 30, 2017 - Following a short sentencing hearing in the 411th District Court on Tuesday, 411th District Judge Kaycee Jones sentenced William Michael Munn to fifteen years in prison for the felony offense of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle. Munn had previously been found guilty of the offense by a jury on May 8th after a half-day of testimony in district court. During the earlier trial, evidence presented by Assistant Criminal District Attorney Nicole Washingtonshowed that on September 26, 2015, DPS Trooper Ramey Bass, while working routine patrol in Goodrich, confirmed a black Ford Mustang traveling at a speed of 100 mph in a 65 mph posted zone traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 59. Trooper Bass activated his police lights to initiate a traffic stop on the Mustang. The vehicle failed to stop, so Trooper Bass initiated a pursuit. Jurors were shown 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 Trooper Bass’ clearly marked DPS vehicle. Livingston Police Department officers joined the pursuit. 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 in both directions for the safety of other motorists. Due to its high speed, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and drove through a wooden fence and a hurricane fence at a private residence before coming to a stop. Officers were able to make contact with the subject at that time, and Munn was arrested without incident. Although appearing intoxicated on an unknown substance, testing revealed neither recreational nor prescription drugs, nor the presence of alcohol in Munn’s system. Armed with this evidence, Washington argued to jurors that Munn intentionally evaded Trooper Bass from Goodrich to Corrigan. The jury agreed, returning a verdict in less than 15 minutes. In pronouncing the fifteen year prison sentence, Jones admonished Munn that on the evening of the crime, he had “placed numerous lives in danger due to his unjustified actions.”
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