PARKER COUNTY, Texas (NBC/KXAS) - Video of a high-speed highway chase and crash in Parker County, Texas, shows a Tarrant County man spinning and swerving close to other drivers.
Eli Vernon, 49, lost control of his car while running away from two Willow Park police officers at speeds approaching 110 mph last November.
A Parker County jury sentenced Vernon to 50 years in state prison Wednesday for his involvement in the chase.
Before the chase, Vernon tried to sell what he described to a man as jewelry purchased with a stolen credit card.
The other man did not purchase the jewelry and instead followed Vernon onto the highway and called 911.
The ensuing chase with police lasted about three minutes.
Dashboard-camera video from the two pursuing officers shows Vernon tried to pass another car from the right lane and lost control, crossing all three lanes of traffic and narrowly missing two cars.
Vernon's car then hit a center median barrier, ricocheted back across all three lanes, spun around and then returned to the grassy median where he hit a light pole and stopped.
Vernon was on federal probation at the time of the wreck-out chase and had been to prison five times for eight separate felony convictions.
Vernon will not be eligible for parole until 2038, after serving half of his 50-year sentence.
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