Around midnight on Dec. 29, 2016, a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a white Cadillac Deville for a traffic violation at the Quinlan city limits on Hwy. 276.
The driver, later identified as Roberto Vera Jr., fled west on 276 at speeds over 100 miles per hour while shooting at the deputy.
The pursuit continued into the city of Rockwall, where the driver finally stopped in front of a gas station. After an hour-and-a-half standoff, Vera Jr. was taken into custody and booked into the Hunt County Detention Center, where he has remained on charges of felony evading and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
A month later, a federal indictment was issued against Vera Jr., along with more than 20 others, for the distribution and selling of methamphetamine in the greater North Texas area.
Roberto Vera Jr. was given a 30-year federal sentence on May 16, according to the United States Attorneys Office.
Vera Jr. is expected to be arraigned on the state charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer next week in a Hunt County court.