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Man Pleads Guilty On Three Counts
Houston County Courier - August 2008
According to a plea agreement reached Tuesday, Aug. 5, William Joseph Dunbar, of Magnolia will serve seven years in the Texas Department of Correction Institutional Division on charges stemming from a Sept. 19, 2007 incident.
According to reports, once the chase entered Riverside, awaiting Texas Department of Public Safety troopers deployed spike strips on the south side of town and the pursuit then ended at mile marker 428 on Hwy. 19.
The 25-year-old Dunbar pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against a public servant, for attempting to run Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt off the road with a vehicle.
Dunbar also pled guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for stealing a gray 1994 Isuzu pickup truck from Benny Toole in Anderson County.
The third count Dunbar pleaded guilty to was criminal mischief for striking a motorcycle belonging to Jeff Gayle.
According to reports, on Sept. 19, 2007 Gayle made a 911 call to report that Dunbar swerved too closely to his motorcycle almost causing him to crash.
While Gayle was reporting this incident, Anderson County Special Prosecutor Joe Willis witnessed Dunbar hit another motorcycle of Gayle’s that was chained next to the highway at his residence located south of Grapeland on Hwy. 19
At this time, Houston County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Jim Clark located the gray pickup traveling southbound on Hwy. 19 at CR 2160.
Sgt. Clark then activated his emergency lights and sirens; however Dunbar would not stop and continued traveling southbound towards Crockett.
At this point other officers continued in pursuit of the vehicle as it approached the courthouse square.
Dunbar drove into oncoming lanes, ran stop signs at a high rate of speed, and over the mediums on the square, continuing southbound on South Fourth Street leaving Crockett. He continued southbound on Hwy. 19.
It was approximately seven miles south of Crockett on when Dunbar attempted to ram his vehicle into Sheriff Bobbitt’s vehicle.
It was reported that Dunbar was utilizing his vehicle as a deadly weapon by attacking officers involved in the pursuit as they attempted to pass or approach his vehicle.
This deadly pursuit continued on Hwy. 19 through Lovelady into Trinity County at speeds over 70 mph and at times 90 plus mph Trinity County peace officers were involved in the pursuit as well.