BEAUMONT - A Port Arthur man who nearly struck two police officers before leading them on a high speed chase in November 2016 was sentenced to 18 years Thursday.
Decobi Miles, 19, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Jefferson County jury on on Thursday.
A jury found him guilty Wednesday following a trial in 252nd District Court in Beaumont.
From the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office...
Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced today that DECOBI MILES, 19, was sentenced by a Jefferson County jury to 18 years in Texas prison following trial in the 252nd District Court.
Decobi Miles was stopped for speeding the morning of November 6, 2016 by officers with the Groves Police Department.
During the stop, officers discovered Miles had several warrants out for his arrest.
When Miles was ordered to step out of the car, he threw the car into reverse and swerved, nearly crushing one officer between his patrol car and Miles’ car.
A second officer was also nearly struck.
Miles led police on a chase with speeds exceeding 120 miles per hour.
“He put the officer’s lives in jeopardy, the two passengers in the car, one of whom jumped out when he tried to escape and several people he had to pass and encounter as he tried to get away," said Prosecutor Luke Nichols.
"It could’ve been a lot worse and I’m glad nobody was hurt or killed.”
Officers had to call off the pursuit for public safety as Miles had several near collisions with other vehicles. He was apprehended several days later.
Jurors viewed police camera and store surveillance footage of the incident. After several hours of deliberations, they reached a verdict of guilty Wednesday afternoon.
“Attacks on officer are increasingly common in this country and we take it seriously,” said Nichols.
During punishment, the jury heard evidence concerning Decobi Miles’ disciplinary violations while an inmate in the Jefferson County jail.
They also learned that Miles was on felony probation for burglary of a habitation at the time of this attack on the officers.
Miles was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March of 2017 for probation violations.
Prosecutor Luke Nichols stated, “We are pleased that the jury agreed that Miles’ actions are not tolerable. He placed several officers’ lives in jeopardy, as well as members of the public. The Groves police officers showed tremendous professional restraint in their handling of this incident, and the jury sent a strong message with their verdict.”
This case was investigated by the Groves Police Department.
Nichols asked Judge Raquel West to combine the 15 year sentence with his 18 year sentence Thursday morning. She will make her decision tomorrow morning in court.
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