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EXCLUSIVE: Video released of chase leading up to deputy's death


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BONHAM, TX -- The chase began shortly after 9:00 Saturday night near Silo Road and Highway 121 in Bonham.

Police say the man behind the wheel of a white pick-up truck, later identified as 36-year-old Clinton Dale Espy, refused to stop after an officer tried to pull him over for reckless driving.

Dash camera video from inside a police cruiser shows Espy leading officers on a high speed chase topping out at 100 miles-per-hour.

The chase weaves its way onto Highway 82. Several times, Espy swerves head-on into the opposite lane of traffic, narrowly missing other drivers who'd pulled off to the shoulder of the road.

"It was interesting to see the driver of the suspect truck, how often he went into the other lane of traffic and how many time he put up he put other people in danger," Bonham police chief Mike Bankston said.

At one point, Espy goes off-road and crashes through gates of a driveway.

He gets back on Highway 82 heading west but about seven miles outside Sherman, he runs over stop sticks at the intersection of Bethany Road.

Officers can be heard yelling at the suspect to surrender. Espy yells back at officers, "Shoot me now!"

Bankston says officers had to tase Espy twice before they could arrest him, a scene that played out just outside of the video of the video provided to KTEN.

Bankston says Espy suffered several cuts on his face.

"He was successfully arrested and he hit his nose in the process of arresting him," Bankston said.

While investigators worked the scene at the intersection, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office says deputy Chad Key redirected traffic around it.

That's when police say 28-year-old Ricky Trent Stanley plowed into him. Key later died at Texoma Medical Center. It's a loss Bankston says his department is still dealing with.

"They feel some sense of responsibility and it's hit them real hard. One of the officers knew the sheriff's deputy," Bankston said.

Bankston says Espy fought medical treatment and had to be transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Both suspects are being held at the Fannin County jail. Espy is being held on a $175,000 bond. Bankston says he is a convicted felon. Espy is now facing several charges including DWI, evading arrest and possession of meth.

Stanley's bond was set at $3.7 million. He is charged with murder, intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, driving while intoxicated, unlawfully carrying a weapon (gun in vehicle) and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions.

Key's funeral will be held Thursday, April 25 at 11am. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 400 S. Travis St., Sherman.

A memorial fund has been set up for Deputy Key at Landmark Bank. Donations can be made to the "Chad Key Memorial Fund" at any bank branch in Texas or Oklahoma.

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