A Springtown man found guilty of using his vehicle as a deadly weapon while leading officers on a 30-minute, high-speed chase across Wise County last September was given the maximum sentence Tuesday.
Chad Everett Ervin, 27, was found guilty of evading arrest with a vehicle by a Wise County jury on May 7. Prior to the trial, Everett elected to have 271st District Judge John Fostel issue the sentence.
Ervin was back in court Tuesday morning for the brief sentencing portion of the trial. Fostel sentenced Ervin to 10 years in prison.
Since the jury also found that Ervin used his vehicle as a deadly weapon during the pursuit last Labor Day, he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.
Ervin’s attorneys, David Singleton and Paul Belew, called only one witness – Ervin’s mother, Twila Ervin. She testified that her son’s actions on that day were unusual for him.
“He’s usually more careful than that,” she said.
She also said she was aware of his history of drug abuse and prescription medication, and she said he was “like night and day” different when he was off his medication.
Ervin also faces a felony drug charge in Parker County. According to 43rd District Court records, he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in the amount of 4 to 200 grams – a second-degree felony – in September of 2009 and sentenced to 10 years in prison, probated for seven years.
Last summer, a warrant was issued for Ervin’s arrest for violating his probation.
During the trial May 7, jurors watched the entire chase as captured by dash-cam video. Two of the passengers in Ervin’s truck testified that he attempted to flee from an officer who tried to pull him over near the roadside park on U.S. 81/287 north of Decatur.
They testified that Ervin ignored their pleas to stop the truck, and the chase continued down Farm Road 51, then onto rural roads in south Wise County before heading back northwest on Texas 114 near Bridgeport. The chase eventually ended when Ervin ran out of gas.
Officer George Mundo testified that Ervin briefly swerved into his lane at one point during the pursuit. Prosecutors had sought a conviction on aggravated assault of a public official, but the jury found Ervin not guilty on that charge.
Ervin has been in the Wise County Jail since his arrest last September.