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February 20, 2014

Guilty pleas possible in 2011 chase

GREENVILLE — A Caddo Mills man may be planning to plead guilty to multiple indictments, filed in connection with a chase between Greenville and Terrell three years ago, which ended when the defendant being shot by law enforcement.

Stephen Ray Capps entered pleas of not guilty February 13 to multiple charges filed in connection with the incident which occurred on Valentine’s Day 2011. Capps is facing one count each of aggravated assault against a public servant with a deadly weapon, endangering a child, evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child passenger.

During a Wednesday morning hearing in the 354th District Court, Capps’ attorney indicated Capps intended to enter other pleas in the court next  Monday, February 24.

The Hunt County grand jury returned the indictments in October 2011. Capps, 38, was returned from state prison for the resolution of the cases.

Capps remained in custody in the Hunt County Jail Wednesday evening.

Capps led officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a high speed chase between Greenville and Terrell. A small child strapped in a booster seat in the back of the Nissan sedan Capps was driving during the pursuit was slightly hurt.

The chase began about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 14. 2011 when a DPS trooper clocked Capps’ car speeding on Interstate 30 near Greenville.

Capps allegedly refused to stop and led the pursuit south from Hunt County into Kaufman County, where the motorist drove toward troopers while trying to evade a roadblock on Farm Road 986 near Terrell.

Troopers opened fire on the car, hitting Capps twice in the abdomen.

The aggravated assault against a public servant charge is a first degree felony, carrying a maximum sentence upon conviction of  from five to 99 years to life in prison.

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