Athens, Texas (KETK) — An Athens man has learned the hard way that it’s never a good idea to run from the police.
Michael Darrel Wideman, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Carter Tarrance on March 5. Wideman was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Danny Cox and Jenny Palmer of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.
Wideman’s troubles began in April of 2013 when Trooper Sam Nowell of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol attempted to pull Wideman over for a traffic violation. Wideman then sped up in an attempt to flee from Nowell. The ensuing high speed chase reached speeds of 115 to 120 miles per hour, as Nowell chased Wideman down Farm to Market Road 317, Loop 7 and finally down Prairieville Street in North Athens.