A Killeen man arrested in Brazos County on a first-degree felony drug charge pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Walter Kendall Hanks, 44, was arrested in November 2012 on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and delivery of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance after he was stopped by a Department of Public Safety trooper in south College Station for having an unsecured paper license plate and a broken taillight, according to a press release from the Brazos County District Attorney's office.
During the stop, Hanks sped off and engaged police in a chase that lasted about seven minutes and reached speeds of more than 100 mph, officials said.
When caught up with in the Raintree subdivision, Hanks was seen throwing away several packages moments before his arrest, authorities said, adding that the recovered items contained more than 100 grams of cocaine, 49 Ecstasy pills and a small amount of marijuana.
Hanks' criminal record includes an aggravated robbery conviction out of Harris County, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and a 12-year prison sentence for delivery of a controlled substance out of Bell County.