Gary Cummings of Burleson could spend up to 30 years in prison after being convicted of evading arrest and detention with a motor vehicle. On Wednesday, Judge Jim Fallon sentenced Cummings to 30 years in prison.


Gary Cummings testified in the 15th state District Court that he was having a bad reaction to prescription medication on Thanksgiving morning last year when he ran from a Denison police officer who was attempting to pull him over after seeing him run several stop signs and ignore a blinking light.


Cummings said he heard voices telling him the police were trying to kill him, and he was afraid for his life as he led that officer on a slow-speed chase for several blocks before bailing out of his truck without securing it and running away on foot. The officer caught Cummings and attempted to subdue him, but ended up having to use a stun gun and the help of two other officers to arrest Cummings.


Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith told jurors Cummings’ actions were more likely to be the result of his use of methamphetamine than any reaction to prescription medication.


On Wednesday Smith asked Fallon to sentence Cummings to 50 years in prison based on his 18 prior felonies.


“I think the defendant’s criminal history finally caught up with him,” Smith said when asked to comment on the sentence. Smith said Cummings must serve 15 years before being eligible for parole.


Cummings’ attorney Jeromie Oney could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday.