Midland man sentenced for high speed chase, threat to police

Midland man sentenced for high speed chase, threat to police
Catarino Ybarra (Source: Midland County Law Enforcement Center)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland man learned his fate after pleading guilty to evading from police back in February.

Catarino Ybarra, Jr., 42, pled guilty to evading from police on Tuesday, then a jury found him guilty of aggravated assault on Wednesday.

Ybarra was sentenced to 36 years behind bars for the aggravated assault charge and 41 years for evading.

The Midland County District Attorney said evidence in the case showed that Ybarra fled in his vehicle when a Midland police officer tried to catch him for stealing nearly $800 in clothing from Kohl's department store on Feb. 25, 2016.

According to the report, the pursuit reached speeds as high as 90 miles per hour down the Loop 250 access road, weaving through heavy rush-hour traffic down Andrews Highway and Midland Drive.

The pursuit continued for eight miles through residential neighborhoods and at one point, Ybarra's vehicle left the roadway and drove through the grounds at Anson Jones Elementary School.

The aggravated assault charge came as Ybarra swerved his vehicle into the oncoming lane at a Midland police officer's car during the pursuit, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision.

The pursuit ended after Ybarra lost control and crashed into a Midland Police Department vehicle near the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Thomason Drive.

Ybarra's sentences will be served concurrently and he will have to serve half of his sentence on the aggravated assault charge and one quarter of his sentence for evading before he will be considered for parole.

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