LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A 30-year-old Corrigan man accepted a plea bargain deal of six years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for running from a traffic stop, leading police on a high-speed chase, and damaging a CPD patrol unit back in May.
Justin Ivy accepted the plea bargain deal on August 23. Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon said that as part of the plea deal, Ivy pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated assault of a public servant, third-degree evading arrest with a vehicle, third-degree obstruction or retaliation, and third-degree tampering with or fabricating evidence. Ivy agreed to two six-year sentences, a four-year sentence, and a three-year sentence, and he will serve all for of them concurrently, or at the same time.
Hon said that Ivy entered a written stipulation in open court admitting to the allegations made in his indictments and waived his right to appeal the sentences.
When he was originally arrested on May 25, Ivy was charged with four felonies - aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, obstruction or retaliation, and tampering with or fabricating evidence. He was also charged with two misdemeanors - possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and theft of property between $100 and $750.
According to Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson, one of his officers was on South Home Street at about 12:09 a.m. on May 25 when he saw a passenger vehicle go north in the center turn lane without trying to turn. Then in the 500 block of the street, the CPD officer clocked the vehicle at doing 58 mph in a 45-mph zone.
When the Corrigan PD officer tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver, who was later identified as Ivy, fled from him. A short time later, a second CPD officer joined the chase, Gibson said.
Gibson said Ivy damaged a Corrigan PD patrol unit after the officer got in front of him in an effort to stop him.
The vehicle then went down FM 942 at speeds of more than 100 mph, Gibson said. During the chase, the vehicle traveled in the oncoming lane, and the car eventually went into a ditch at Jack Station Road.
Police then ordered the two men out of the vehicle, Gibson said. They were both placed under arrest, and Ivy was found to have an outstanding theft warrant from Polk County. Gibson said no charges were filed against the second man, and he was released.