Richmond, TX – In
February 2022, a Fort Bend County jury convicted Joshua Carson Joseph of the
felony offense of Evading Arrest or Detention in a Vehicle. Sentencing before the court was rescheduled
to June 22, 2022, when Joseph agreed to prosecutors’ recommendation of 25 years
in prison. The 33-year old Houston man
was tried after a high-speed chase from a minor traffic stop in Missouri City.
to Assistant District Attorney Justin Foster, Missouri City Police Officer
Hopkins observed Joseph driving 65 in a 45 mph zone on Texas Parkway on April
9, 2019. The defendant was driving his wife’s Ford Mustang with his wife in the
front passenger seat. Joseph initially pulled over, but as Officer Hopkins
exited his patrol vehicle and approached, Joseph took off. Officer Hopkins
pursued the defendant through multiple parking lots before Joseph exited the
parking lot back onto Texas Parkway. Joseph attempted to make a quick evasive
U-turn and lost control of his car – running off the road and into a ditch. The
defendant was able to drive out of the ditch and back onto Texas Parkway. Joseph
eventually attempted to turn onto Dawnstar Drive but lost control of the
vehicle again and crashed into a curb. Joseph was able to get away on foot but
left his wallet and driver’s license behind.
Joseph was arrested on a warrant after the case was indicted.
defendant put the public in extreme danger with his behavior,” said Foster. “Plus
his two previous burglary convictions, Joseph doesn’t seem interested in
supporting his community, rather, he’s endangering it.”
was tried in the 240th District Court before Presiding Judge Frank
Fraley. Evading with a Vehicle is a
third-degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to
$10,000. Because Joseph had two prior
felony convictions, his punishment range was enhanced to 25-99 years, or life,
District Attorneys Justin Foster and Grayson Miller prosecuted the case.