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High speed chase suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 years prison


Robert Timm Engel, 30, a Wichita County man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through Clay County, will serve three five-year terms in prison after pleading guilty to charges Monday, April 15.

Engel, driving a 1996 Lincoln Town Car, sped away from a DPS trooper during a routine traffic stop Wednesday, March 6. The pursuit, which began at 10:58 a.m., reached speeds of 105 miles per hour with additional troopers, Clay County and Wichita County deputies joining the fray.

Spike strips were used at Spur 510 in Henrietta, and again near Wilson Overpass before finally slowing the vehicle at the Windthorst Road exit in Wichita Falls. Driving on three flat tires, Engel attempted to pull into the parking lot at Love’s Truck Stop, where officers used a Taser to subdue the man.

Engel plead guilty to evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, penal group 1, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams, and tampering with physical evidence. All are third-degree felonies. Engel with serve the sentences concurrently.

Sherri Ann Minter, 43, of Wichita Falls pled guilty to one charge of theft of a firearm for a Nov. 28 offense. Minter was sentenced to five years probation and fined $2,000. Minter will pay restitution of $689.


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