Although it might have seemed like a good idea at the time, a man’s decision to allegedly use a stolen tractor as a getaway vehicle might land him in prison for up to 99 years.A jury trial began yesterday in the Wise County Courthouse for Timothy Herring, 22, of Azle. He’s been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer after he almost plowed over a state trooper with a tractor at the end of a chase through rural parts of Parker and Wise counties in June 2011.
Early in the afternoon of June 18, Parker County deputies noticed a white van that was reported stolen on Poolville Cutoff Road. They trailed the van into Wise County. The van pulled over on Private Road 3630 off Salt Creek Road in southwestern Wise County. Herring jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Before long, he stole a tractor from a residence and proceeded to elude a slew of officers as he tore through pastures and wilderness, barreling through barbed-wire fences and brush along the way. He even managed to stop and loot some beer from a house at one point.
Officers eventually re-located the suspect, still on the tractor, almost two hours later at a home on County Road 3672. State trooper Adolfo Patterson ran out into a pasture and tried to direct Herring to stop. Witnesses said Herring steered directly at Patterson, forcing him to fire shots at the tires and at Herring who eventually leapt from the rolling tractor.
Herring was arrested at the scene and charged with a litany of crimes, including attempted capital murder, burglary of a habitation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft of property and possession of a controlled substance. He’s been in Wise County Jail ever since under a bond of $1,067,500.
Attempted capital murder is a first-degree felony, punishable by a sentence of five to 99 years in life if found guilty.