New Waverly man gets 35 years for Willis high-speed chase

Updated: 3:30 pm, Wed Oct 26, 2011.

Staff report Houston Community Newspapers

A New Waverly man received 35 years in prison Tuesday for leading Willis police on a high-speed chase in May 2010.

Judge Mary Ann Turner, sitting in the 359th state District Court, sentenced Anthony Hodder, 37, after Hodder, who initially pleaded "not guilty," changed his plea  to guilty 20 minutes into evidence presented by prosecutors Jason Horn and Darla Faulkner after jurors were selected for a trial.

A Willis police officer saw Hodder leave a possible drug deal in progress on May 22, 2010, and saw him driving a motor vehicle with an expired registration while running a stop sign, a Montgomery County District Attorney's Office press release states.

"As soon as Officer Bryan Skero turned on his emergency lights," the release states, "Hodder hit the gas and began to flee through the streets of Willis, down Texas 745, and ultimately onto Interstate 45 at speeds ranging from 90 to 140 mph."

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