Abilene jail escapee takes plea deal

ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man who escaped from the Taylor County Jail in November 2011 was sentenced to prison Monday after accepting a plea deal on another charge.

Dustin Bates, 32, was jailed in November for manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing a firearm while a convicted felon and driving while intoxicated.

According to deputies, Bates led them on a two-and-a-half hour car chase in a State Supported Living Center vehicle. 

Bates was scheduled for a jury trial Monday, but took a plea deal instead. He pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges that were higher charges than the escape, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges he faced.

Bates was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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