Suspect leads police on wild chase

May 26, 2009 2:36:42 PM PDT
Houston police chased a driver in a black sedan in north Houston for more than 20 minutes before finally bringing him to a stop. Houston police plan to take the suspect downtown for questioning. He is in his late teens or early 20s. Officers tell Eyewitness News he's part of an ongoing narcotics and robbery investigation. That's why they are not releasing his name.

The suspect, we're told, fled as police attempted to make a traffic stop. At one point the hood of his car peeled back, blocking the windshield, but the suspect kept going. Amazingly, he did not hit any other vehicles on the road.

Throughout the course of the pursuit nearly hit two officers who put out spike strips in the road in an attempt to stop the car. In fact, one of those officers had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit.

The chase ended on the feeder of the Hardy Toll Road at West Gulf Bank. The pursuing officers rammed the suspect's car from behind, pinned him in and eventually took him into custody. He sat in the back of the squad car, trying to avoid cameras, and would not answer any questions.

"The investigation is continuing," said Sgt F. Escobedo with the Houston Police Department. "We are in contact with the DA's office to determine what charges are going to be filed."

Police say the suspect is a Whataburger employee and was at work earlier in the day before all of this happened.

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