Paris arson suspect back in jail after police pursuit

PARIS, TX - A Paris man is behind bars for the second time in less than week.

After he was arrested last Wednesday for arson, 29-year old Johnathan Dunken, was arrested again on Saturday, this time for evading arrest.

Around 9:30 Saturday evening police say Dunken ran a red light and when they tried to pull him over, he took off speeding down neighborhood streets.

"When you're failing to stop for a law enforcement officer and speeding around and making sharp corners, it puts everybody's safety at risk." said Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.

Officers say they chased Dunken until he lost control at the intersection of Pine Bluff and NE 20th street, where he collided with two traffic control boxes and a chain link fence.

"He was just traveling too fast to negotiate any kind of turn and pretty much went through the T." said Hundley.

Wednesday, Dunken and Dion Wymore were arrested for burglary and arson, after police say they broke into a metal works shop set it a blaze and then set a stolen van on fire that was allegedly used in the burglary.

"Even though this guy (Dunken) just bonded out of jail on another felony, it doesn't affect these charges, it may when they go to trial." said Hundley.

Dunken's charges of evading arrest were enhanced to a third degree felony after officers learned he had a previous evading arrest conviction.

TXDOT says the traffic lights will be operational by Tuesday evening.


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