HPD: Two teens under the influence lead police on chase across Houston

Police say two teens under the influence led police on a chase across Houston
January 21, 2014 1:51:58 PM PST
Police say two teens were intoxicated and possibly high on drugs when they led officers on late-night chase across Houston.

It started after employees of a Walmart noticed two suspects stealing a car battery from customers' vehicles and flagged down police. The suspects jumped into a red Mustang and drove off recklessly, heading southbound on Mykawa near Bellfort on the southeast side. When the patrol car put on its emergency lights, the driver refused to stop, leading police on a chase onto the Gulf Freeway past downtown, onto I-10 and then onto an HOV lane.

That's where officers deployed spike strips that flattened the tires of the car. Police arrested two underage teens, including a 15-year-old who was behind the wheel.

"The driver will be charged with felony evading. At this point, the passenger has some curfew violations, I believe. Both of them are possibly intoxicated on narcotic substances so they'll be taken to Ben Taub Hospital to be evaluated for their intoxication levels," said Lt. Randall Upton with the Houston Police Department.

Police say this was not a stolen vehicle and police say no one was really in danger because the car wasn't exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 or 15 miles per hour the entire time.

However, police say one of the suspects was wearing a security uniform jacket, possibly used as a disguise, and officers found other stolen items in their Mustang.

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