A local man will serve 15 years in prison for a fatal crash that occurred while he was fleeing from Wake Village, Texas, police last year.
Deontrae Delshawn Solomon, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading arrest or detention resulting in death before 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison in Bowie County. Solomon also received a 14-month state jail sentence after pleading true to violating probations he was serving at the time of the deadly wreck for unauthorized use of a vehicle, theft and burglary. Solomon must serve the 14-month state jail term after he finishes serving his time in prison.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Wake Village Police Officer Jeremy Johnson was patrolling an area around Whippoorwill Lane and Arizona Avenue when he noticed Solomon’s vehicle. Johnson followed the car and attempted to stop the car for a traffic violation.
The car ignored the flashing lights and sirens of Johnson’s patrol car as it drove into Nash, Texas, and onto Interstate 30. When the vehicle took the Richmond Road exit, it began to skid and flipped end over end before coming to a stop.
Solomon allegedly ran from the accident but was arrested by Johnson after a brief chase. Jackson was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Solomon was represented by Texarkana attorney Josh Potter and B.C. Pickett of Fayetteville, Ark. Assistant District Attorneys Randle Smolarz and Craig Foster represented the state.
Solomon allegedly told investigators he had broken into three or four cars and had stolen guns and other items when Johnson attempted to pull him over.