A Parker County jury convicted an Azle man of two aggravated assault of a public servant cases, evading arrest with a vehicle, and felon in possession of a firearm and handed down sentences of 45, 45, 35, and 27 years in prison, respectively, in a trial that concluded in district court in Weatherford on Friday.
On January 14, 2014, a White Settlement Police Officer attempted to pull over Derek Kyle Auvenshine, 34, as he drove his car in Tarrant County. Auvenshine refused to stop and led officers on a high speed chase westbound on Interstate 30 at speeds of up to 115 m.p.h., according to Assistant District Attorneys Abby Placke and Robert DuBoise, who tried the case for the prosecution.
Testimony from White Settlement officers along with introduction of their in-car videos into evidence showed that Auvenshine exited off of Interstate 20 in Eastern Parker County on FM 3325 and lost control of the car. After spinning the car around, Auvenshine pointed a gun in the direction of two White Settlement officers. One of the officers fired a series of rifle rounds at Auvenshine in an attempt to end the pursuit.
Auvenshine continued driving briefly before losing control again, flipping his car and attempting to flee on foot. At trial, one of the White Settlement officers testified that, concerned with the safety of his fellow officers and the general public, he fired three rifle rounds at Auvenshine, striking him at least once. Auvenshine was arrested and transported for medical care.
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Jurors deliberated for approximately 90 minutes on Friday before finding Auvenshine guilty of all four charges.
During the punishment phase, prosecutors introduced evidence showing that Auvenshine had delivery of a controlled substance convictions in 2000 and again in 2007.
“In the end, Mr. Auvenshine earned the stiff sentences he received because of the complete disregard he showed for the safety of law enforcement officers and the general public,” said Placke.
The sentences, which will be served concurrently, will result in Auvenshine not being eligible to be released from prison until at least the year 2036, according to Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
Visiting District Judge David Cleveland presided over the trial.