Suspect suffers life-threatening injuries following chase

Photo of suspects' vehicle from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office

November 2, 2011 8:51:07 AM PDT
A burglary and chase in Liberty County yesterday landed one suspect in custody and another in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, say investigators.

Deputies and state troopers were responding to reports of a burglary at a home off Highway 105 near Highway 321 in the early afternoon hours. They say they noticed two suspects -- identified as Gregory Lopez and Mario Garcia, both of Houston -- reportedly loading up property from the victims' home.

The suspects reportedly noticed they were being watched, got in their vehicle and took off, leading troopers and deputies on a high speed chase.

According to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the suspects led authorities through Tarkington Prairie and turned onto a gravel road on Highway 163 near County Road 2276. That's where the driver lost control of the vehicle, flipping it several times.

The driver was ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Life Flight to Houston. The second suspect was not seriously injured and taken into custody.

Deputies say they recovered stolen property in the trunk of vehicle.

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