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East Texas man sentenced to 17 years in prison

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An East Texas man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after leading officers on a chase. An East Texas man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after leading officers on a chase.
ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - A jury of seven women and five men convicted and sentenced Jeffrey Arlen Quinn, 31, of Athens to 17 years in prison.

Evidence was presented by 1st Assistant Mark Hall and Assistant District Attorney Nancy Rumar that on October 21, 2013, Quinn was driving a Ford Ranger pickup north on Highway 274 just south of Seven Points at about 5:00 p.m. He was wanted on a parole violation at the time and was accompanied by another wanted felon, Kristy Kidan.

While making an unsafe pass of the car in front of him, Quinn narrowly avoided a head-on collision with Tool Police Chief Rodney Henderson, who was traveling south toward Tool. Chief Henderson immediately turned around to make what he thought would be a routine traffic stop, but soon realized that Quinn had no intention of stopping.

Quinn turned east onto Highway 334, then left onto John Thomas Drive. He then turned onto Pritchett Lane accelerating to speeds in excess of 100 mph on the unmarked, two lane road, causing numerous vehicles to pull over to avoid collision.

The pursuit continued onto Jess Hinton and into the Persimmion Creek addition where Quinn came close to running into and over several Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies who happened to be present in the roadway after executing a search warrant in the area. At least two County units joined in the chase, which continued for several more miles. At one point, Quinn crossed over Hwy. 274 at a very high rate of speed without slowing down, but fortunately avoided any unsuspecting cross traffic which was heavy at that time.

Quinn failed to negotiate a curve onto West Oak Ridge and ran through a residential yard before coming to a stop and exiting the truck near a wooded area. Although Chief Henderson and other units were close behind, the two were out of sight by the time officers arrived. Ms. Kidan was located within a few minutes by Chief Henderson and Seven Points Police officer Roger Cullum, hiding under a tarp in a parked truck.

Quinn was located by Sheriff’s Deputies several minutes later behind a pond on adjoining property. Deputies Brad Beddingfield and Billy Jack Valentine, waded through the pond to apprehend Quinn, who was also found to be in possession of marijuana and several empty plastic baggies commonly used to store drugs.

District Attorney Scott McKee lauded the work of the various Henderson County agencies involved. “This case is a great example of the cooperation and support that our local law enforcement community consistently provides to one another in times of need, regardless of which department has primary responsibility. By working together, they provide the people of Henderson County with the excellent protection and service they deserve.”

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