Fifth Person Sentenced In Chase That Left Game Wardens Hurt

A fifth person has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a high-speed chase in October 2013 in Central Texas in which two game wardens were injured.

Authorities arrested Teddie Davenport after a two-day search. (File)

GROESBECK (June 10, 2014) Richard Fraser, 52, of Groesbeck has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a high-speed chase in October 2013 in Central Texas in which two game wardens were injured.

Fraser pleaded guilty Friday in Groesbeck to evading arrest with a deadly weapon, burglary of a building with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with a deadly weapon, and two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant and was sentenced to 30 year terms on the two aggravated assault counts and 10 years on each of the other counts.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Fraser was a passenger in a car driven by Teddie Wayne Davenport, 44, of Mart, who led game wardens on the chase

A jury found Davenport guilty last month of two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, and burglary of a building with a deadly weapon and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to 50 years in prison on the aggravated assault counts and 10 years on the burglary and evading arrest counts.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Officers tried to arrest Davenport on Oct. 5, 2013, after the game wardens spotted a burglary in progress at a home just outside of Mart in Limestone County.

When the game wardens attempted to stop the vehicle in which the suspected burglars fled, the driver rammed their patrol car and the chase began.

During the chase, the game wardens' patrol car crashed after Davenport shined a spotlight at them, authorities said.

Both game wardens were injured.

They were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center where one was treated and later released and the other was admitted in stable condition

Officers later tracked Davenport to a home at 336 FM 1451 in Teague, but he fled and ran into a wooded area behind the house.

Authorities surrounded the large tract of land, requested tracking dogs and eventually found Davenport, who was arrested and taken to the Limestone County Jail in Groesbeck.

Seven other people were also arrested in connection with the case, four of whom have pleaded guilty.

On Friday, Larry Thompson, 48, of Groesbeck was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of hindering apprehension of a known felon.

On May 27, William A. “Trey” Davidson III of Teague received concurrent four-year sentences after pleading guilty to hindering apprehension of a known felon and possession of methamphetamine.

Also on May 27, Tanya Marie Lee, 38, of Teague, was sentenced to six years deferred probation, fined a total of $3,500 and ordered to perform a total of 384 hours of community service after pleading guilty to hindering apprehension and possession of methamphetamine.

She was also ordered to attend at Narcotic Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

On May 22, Lewis Dean Cagle, 52, of Buffalo, was sentenced to seven years deferred probation, fined $2,000 and ordered to perform 192 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of hindering apprehension of a known felon.

“We greatly appreciate the hard work that many officers with numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies put into this case, not to mention prosecutors and judges in Limestone and Freestone counties,” said Game Warden Capt. Bradley Chappell, who coordinated the investigation for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“Not only has justice been served, we believe the sentences handed down in this case will serve as a strong reminder that Texans will not tolerate those who would harm Texas game wardens just doing their jobs.”


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