The County Attorney's office also told the court that Terry had a significant criminal record with prior felony convictions and was a flight risk because he would be facing mandatory prison time if convicted
TUCSON- Tough questions surround a man accused of sparking a dangerous police chase in Tucson last week. Donald Terry has a long rap sheet, including being indicted on 39 felonies in April. So why wasn't he locked up?
This time Terry sits in the Pima County Jail without bond. However, some are questioning whether he should have been released back in the spring when he was arrested on drug and weapons charges, including having 144 grams of methamphetamine and 11 guns/rifles on him.
News 4 Tucson uncovered court documents showing the Pima County Attorney recommended a $75,000 bond.
The prosecutor listed numerous reasons why Terry should not be released, telling the court he is a risk to the community because:
Of the inherent nature of the offenses and the defendant used a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument.
That came to fruition last Friday when Tucson Police said Terry caused a nine car pileup. One of the victims who spoke exclusively to News 4 Tucson, but wanted to us to conceal her identity, said "you can run, but you're going to get caught. So to knowingly put lives at risk because you don't want to caught that is a blatant crime in itself."
The County Attorney's office also told the court that Terry had a significant criminal record with prior felony convictions and was a flight risk because he would be facing mandatory prison time if convicted.
Gabriel Suarez works at a tire shop across the street from where Terry's mayhem started. He was shocked when he heard about Terry's criminal history. "I think they should look into things a little bit better before they let somebody go."
In an effort to get Terry's side of the story, News 4 Tucson went to the home of his listed address. A woman answered, we identified ourselves, then she slammed the door.
A judge lowered Terry's bond from $75,000 to $25,000. Azteca Bail Bonds put up the money.
Now, Terry is back behind bars and it's likely he'll stay, for now.