Man who ran from YSO deputies pleads no contest

YORK – Jose Mendoza, 38, whose address has been listed as both York and Mississippi in court documents, has pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle to avoid arrest.

His change of plea took place this past week in York County District Court.

A second charge, of willful reckless driving, was dismissed.

The case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol on Highway 34 west of Waco. Court documents indicate Mendoza was driving the vehicle and was going nearly 90 mph when the deputy saw him and turned around to follow in order to conduct a traffic stop.

The deputy’s affidavit says Mendoza began driving even faster at that point, going over 100 mph.

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The deputy attempted to stop Mendoza, by activating his emergency lights, but he continued westbound traveling at speeds over 100 mph. During that time, court documents indicate Mendoza passed another vehicle and then drove through the intersection of Highway 81 and Road 15. Then Mendoza went south on Highway 81, at speeds registered at 111 mph.

According to court documents, once Mendoza saw another deputy approaching from the north, he slowed down and eventually stopped.

He was arrested at that point.

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 25. Because the conviction is for a Class 4 felony, he is facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision.

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