ATHENS — A man who once stole an airplane, crashed it and then later told Athens police a deceased man was the pilot, has been convicted of felony evading in a stolen vehicle.
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee said Joshua Paul Calhoun, 34, of Athens, was convicted Wednesday of evading in a vehicle and using the vehicle as a deadly weapon during a police chase.
McKee said the latest crime occurred on June 18 when Henderson County Sheriff's deputies learned Calhoun was driving a stolen 2002 Dodge pickup on Texas Highway 155 south near Coffee City.
Calhoun ran from deputies topping 90 mph before crashing the vehicle in a hay pasture and fleeing on foot.
McKee said a manhunt resulted in Calhoun's capture and information inside the pickup proved Calhoun was the person who stole the pickup.
"The discretion, bravery and caution that these deputies used during this pursuit safely ended what could have easily been a deadly situation," he said.
McKee said the deputies' investigation gave his office the tools needed to seek the conviction.
Calhoun stole a Bonanza 836 single-engine propeller plane from the Athens Municipal Airport in March 2009, crashed it and fled the scene.
In August 2009, Calhoun injured a federal agent with his vehicle at the Mexico border as he entered the U.S., and the Immigration Customs Enforcement agents learned he was not a doctor on a mission trip as he had said, but instead, a fugitive from justice.
Records indicate Calhoun has a lengthy criminal history and he has claimed to be the CEO of a major corporation, a doctor, an astronaut and a tractor-trailer driver.
McKee said Calhoun's sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 12 in Athens.