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Man gets probation for evading arrest on motorcycle
by Scott Reese Willey
Jun 13, 2009 | 2829 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 20-year-old Beeville man accused of attempting to evade arrest was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation.

Billy Wade Stepp was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and court costs.

Stepp was driving a motorcycle south on Washington Street at high speed on Nov. 2, 2008, when he was spotted by Beeville Police officer Kenneth Jefferson.

Jefferson said he turned on the overhead lights of his patrol car and the siren in an attempt to get the motorcycle driver to stop.

Stepp turned west on Hefferman Street and continued to drive at a high rate of speed, Jefferson reported.

Stepp made subsequent turns down numerous streets in a clear attempt to evade arrest, Jefferson noted in his report.

Finally, two other officers blocked one of the roads with their patrol cars and when Stepp slowed down to squeeze between the two cars, one of the officers arrested him.

Stepp waived his rights to a trial by jury and District Court Judge Mike Welborn sentenced him to two years deferred adjudication probation.

If Stepp fulfills the terms of his probation, he will not be judged and thus will not have a criminal conviction on his record. However, if he fails to abide by the terms of his probation, he could be sentenced to two years in a state jail without a trial.

Other offenders sentenced by Welborn on Tuesday include:

• Gloria Zapata Molina, 55, of Beeville, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of cocaine, a state jail felony offense punishable by up to two years in a state jail.

A Bee County sheriff’s deputy reported that he was summoned to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville on Oct. 27, 2008, in regards to a woman who was possibly overdosing on drugs. The cocaine was found in her purse.

Welborn sentenced Molina to two years deferred adjudication probation, fined her $1,500 and ordered her to pay $705 in restitution to the hospital.

• John Casey Campbell, 36, of Beeville, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, between one and four grams of cocaine, a third degree felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

According to the Beeville Police Department, Campbell left his wallet on top of the toilet paper dispenser at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Oct. 12, 2008. An employee found the wallet and looked inside to find a driver’s license and when he did he found a plastic baggy containing cocaine. The employee turned the wallet and its contents over to an off-duty peace officer working at Wal-Mart, who in turn contacted police. When Campbell returned for his wallet, he was arrested. During a search of his person, officers found more illegal narcotics in Campbell’s hat, according to the offense report.

Welborn sentenced Campbell to five years probation, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to pay $140 restitution.

• Guadalupe Garcia III, 20, of Beeville, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, between one and four grams of cocaine, a third degree felony offense.

A Beeville police officer said he was summoned to a residence in the 700 block of Lott Street late in the evening of Nov. 10, 2008, regarding loud music. He said he encountered three men in the back yard who smelled of marijuana. The officer said a car parked nearby was broadcasting the loud music. One of the men, Garcia, said the car belonged to him. The officer said he could see a packet of cocaine sitting on the armrest of the door.

While Garcia was being booked into county jail, a jailer discovered a plastic baggy of cocaine hanging from his buttocks. Subsequently, he was charged with possessing a controlled substance in a correctional facility; a state jail felony offense.

Welborn sentenced Garcia to five years deferred adjudication probation, fined him $2,500 and ordered him to pay $140 restitution.

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