BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–Testimony was scheduled to open in 115th District Court Tuesday (Oct. 16) in the jury trial of a Honduran man charged with two unrelated felony offenses, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
Edwin Antonio Osorio-Lopez, 21, was to be tried on charges of evading arrest/detention with vehicle and aggravated assault with deadly weapon, Byrd said in a news release. A jury was chosen Monday of last week, he said.
Byrd alleges the defendant led a Gilmer police officer on a chase of speeds ranging from 40 to 60 miles per hour last Nov. 17 after the officer both identified the vehicle as stolen, and unsuccessfully attempted to get its driver to stop.
A state trooper put down spike strips which deflated the fleeing vehicle’s tires on south U.S. 271, but it continued on before stopping “in the main lane of travel near JLBJ Septic” on 271 about seven miles from the start of the chase, the prosecutor wrote.
The other charge stems from an allegation that Osorio-Lopez “threw his metal food tray like a Frisbee” in the county jail last Dec. 14, striking a jailer in the head and causing a laceration and swollen bruise.
Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represents the defendant. 115th District Judge Lauren Parish was to preside in the trial.