Man Accused Of Injuring 2 Area Game Wardens Convicted

Verdict reached in trial of man charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, burglary, and evading arrest.

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

LIMESTONE COUNTY (May 16, 2014) A Central Texas man who was the object of a three-day search in October of last year after he ran from two state game wardens was found guilty Friday by a Limestone County jury.

Teddie Davenport, 43, was found guilty 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.

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 burglar fled, the man rammed their patrol car and the chase began.

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

3 days later, officers tracked Davenport to a home at 336 FM 1451 in Teague, but he fled and ran into a wooded area behind the house, McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.

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.

William A. Davidson III, 37, Michael Duane Daniel, 44, and Tanja Marie Lee, 37 were also arrested.

All three were charged with possession of methamphetamine and hindering apprehension of a fugitive, Maj. David Murray of Texas Parks and Wildlife said.

Lawmen say the trio was hiding Davenport on a 600-acre ranch in Limestone County.

Davenport was the focus of an earlier search on May 20 after he fled as two Mart officers tried to serve him with a warrant.

Officers gave chase, but the pursuit ended when their patrol car crashed.

Both Mart officers were treated at Hillcrest and then later released.

Days later, Davenport asked to be taken into custody by the McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

After Davenport turned himself in, he was charged him with two counts of failing to stop and render aid, two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant, and two counts of evading arrest, but a McLennan County Grand Jury indicted him only on the evading arrest charge for which he was later sentenced to six years on probation.


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