Weatherford Democrat

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May 11, 2014

Judge sentences man who assaulted police to 50 years in prison

A Parker County judge sentenced a Weatherford man to 50 years in prison for two assault on a public servant cases and an evading arrest with a vehicle offense in a punishment hearing that concluded late on Thursday.

Jesse Rojas Beltran, 50, pleaded guilty to each of the offenses and elected to have 43rd District Court Judge Craig Towson assess his sentence. Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Catania introduced records showing that Beltran had previously been convicted of aggravated assault, robbery and injury to a child.

According to trial testimony, Weatherford police officers responded to a domestic disturbance Aug. 17 on North Street in Weatherford. Upon arrival, they met and encountered Beltran, who they determined had been drinking and was agitated. Officers cleared the scene but stayed nearby after Beltran agreed to not drive and to leave the premises with a relative who was on scene.

Within a matter of minutes, officers observed Beltran driving his own vehicle and stopped him for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After the officer approached his car, Beltran refused to get out and drove away rapidly. A chase through neighborhood streets in town lasting about five minutes ensued and finally concluded when Beltran’s car was blocked in by two Weatherford patrol cars back at the original address on North Street.

“We showed the chase video and the aftermath to Judge Towson,” Catania said. “Everyone who has watched it was shocked at the level of restraint shown by the officers when the defendant got out of his car with his right hand behind his back and aggressively charged at the officers. The officers would have been legally justified in using deadly force in these circumstances.”

A Weatherford police officer testified that when Beltran lunged at them, two officers became entangled in a fight with the officer suffering a severe shoulder sprain, rotated collar bone and several displaced ribs.

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