A Celeste man, who already has wracked up an extensive criminal record, including a prison sentence, was in local custody Tuesday, facing multiple counts in connection with a Monday afternoon pursuit and crash.
Shane Thomas Leeth, 32, was being held in the Hunt County Detention Center, in lieu of a total of $36,500 bond on one count each of evading arrest/detention, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, fictitious driver’s license and failure to stop and render aid from Hunt County, as well as two counts of forgery of a financial instrument from Grayson County, two counts of credit/debit card abuse from Collin County and violation of probation on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including two home burglaries.
Leeth was taken into custody Monday afternoon after he allegedly fled on foot following a chase in the county, which resulted in a second vehicle being damaged in a crash.
DPS Sgt. Kyle Bradford said the incident began shortly after 1 p.m. Monday when a trooper spotted a gray 2015 Hyundai Accent speeding along County Road 4411 near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 118. The driver of the Accent failed to pull over and the pursuit resulted in a Ford pickup along the county road being hit. No one in the pickup was injured.
"No one in the pickup was hurt," Bradford said.
The chase ended on FM 118 when Leeth, the driver of the Accent ran off on foot, although the remaining people from inside the car stayed behind, but were not charged.
Leeth entered pleas of guilty in June 2013 to two counts of burglary of a habitation and one count each of unlawful use of criminal instrument and theft of property of the value of between $1,500 and $20,000.
Leeth was alleged to have acted alongside another man in breaking into homes on Jan. 31 and Feb. 15, 2013, of the illegal use of bolt cutters, a reciprocating saw and a claw hammer on Feb. 15, 2013, and of stealing metal tubing on June 23, 2012.
Under a plea bargain arrangement, Leeth was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on the burglary and criminal instrument charges and two years in a state jail on the felony theft count.