A man who kidnapped a 13-year-old boy last year and led a Madison County investigator on a high speed pursuit will spend the rest of his life in prison. Christopher Perry pleaded guilty last week to aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
A kidnapping coupled with a high speed chase through Madison County proved to be the last straw for the law.
"He has a really lengthy criminal history,” said Madison County Sheriff’s Investigator Larry Shiver.
The driver of the red Ford Mustang in the dash-cam footage was 35-year-old Christopher Brian Perry. He's 36 today -- and according to a Hays County jury -- he'll be spending the rest of his life in prison.
"We've got one less sexual predator off the streets,” said Shiver.
On May 23, 2011, the Hayes County Sheriff's Department issued an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old boy from Wimberly. The teen's identity will remain anonymous due what law enforcement discovered after the kidnapping. That afternoon Madison County Sheriff's Investigator Larry Shiver says it was a matter of luck that he spotted the stolen mustang traveling through Madison County.
"He [Perry] actually has family in Madison County so after the statewide Amber Alert was issued; I went looking for him,” said Shiver. “If I would have been 30 seconds later, I would have missed him because of the way the road turned, he would have already made the turn by the time I would have gotten there."
In the dash cam footage you can see Shiver pulling the driver over; but then Perry suddenly flees.
"Later on he mentioned that he got panicked and so he just sped off," Shiver added.
After reaching speeds of more than 100 miles an hour, Perry called 911 from his cell phone.
“Apparently he calmed down near the Normangee area because he called 911 and he told them [dispatch] that if the deputy behind him would turn off his lights and siren, then he would slowly drive to the sheriff's office and turn himself in and that’s exactly what happened,” Shiver said.
The chase came to an end after 45 minutes. Authorities recovered Perry's Cell phone which they say contained sexually explicit pictures of children. Perry was arrested and the teen was taken to Scotty's House for evaluation.
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Perry served
five different stints in prison since 1996:
- Escape in Madison County (sentenced to six years in November 1996)
- Burglary of a vehicle in Brazoria County (sentenced to five years in December 1997)
- Arson in Montgomery County (sentenced to six years in March 1997)
- Burglary of a habitation in Madison County (sentenced to five years in November 2002)
- Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Randall County (sentenced to five years in 2006)
Brazos County records show him being arrested for theft in Brazos County in 2002. Those records show him as being a Madisonville resident at the time.
Wimberley is located southwest of Austin about three hours from Bryan/College Station.
The boy has been taken to Scotty's House for evaluation