Sentenced to prison

A Hunt County man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty involving a 2017 drug possession case.

A Hunt County man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty involving a 2017 drug possession case.

Taylor Kieth Levassar was also taken into custody in connection with a December 2018 chase along Interstate 30 during which a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy and a Royse City Police Department officer were injured.

Levassar was scheduled for trial Nov. 18 in the 354th District Court on an indictment for manufacture/delivery of controlled substance, methamphetamine, of between four and 200 grams,

Levassar, 34, had been wanted on the charge since forfeiting a $75,000 bond after failing to appear for a hearing in the court on Nov. 26, 2018.

During a hearing in the court Wednesday, Levassar entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

Records indicate Levassar had listed addresses in Greenville and Quinlan.

Levassar was taken into custody during a chase early on the morning of Dec. 13, 2018 which began along Interstate 30 and then proceeded into south Hunt County.

According to information supplied by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the Royse City Police Department, a Royse City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop shortly after midnight near the intersection of Interstate 30 and Old Greenville Road. The vehicle failed to yield which led to a pursuit traveling east into the Greenville area.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 12:05 a.m. of the pursuit. Deputies joined the pursuit as it entered into the Greenville city limits when Levassar made an evasive maneuver and took Exit 94 to State Highway 69. A Hunt County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and a Royse City Police Department vehicle were involved in a crash at the 94 mile marker eastbound on the interstate where the two officers were injured.

Levassar proceeded south on Highway 69 traveling through the south end of Hunt County. Deputies were able to deploy spike strips at State Highway 34 and FM 2101 near Boles Home which resulted in the suspect vehicle being disabled.

Levassar attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody a short time later without further incident.

The injured deputy and Royse City police officer were transported to a local hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Levassar was transported to Rockwall County Jail by the Royse City Police Department.

The outcome of any charges related to the chase were not available as of Thursday afternoon.

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