A Hitchcock man Wednesday was sentenced to seven years in prison for leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase into Brazoria County.

At the conclusion of a trial that began Monday, a jury found Edward Dean Gomez, 53, guilty on a charge of evading law enforcement in a 2017 incident, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said.

Galveston County sheriff’s deputies in January 2017 found a tow truck driving 20 miles over the speed limit on FM 2004 in Hitchcock, Smith said.

A deputy tried to stop the tow truck, but it accelerated and swerved into oncoming traffic, Smith said.

The truck then led deputies on an 18-mile chase reaching speeds of 95 miles per hour, Smith said.

The chase eventually ended when Brazoria County deputies deployed spike strips that the tow truck ran over, Smith said.

Gomez then jumped out of the vehicle and threw himself on the ground before attempting to flee again, Smith said.

Deputies arrested Gomez as he ran into oncoming traffic, Smith said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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