Fake ATF agents lead police on high-speed chase

January 12, 2011 10:49:27 AM PST
Police say a group of men impersonating ATF agents led them on a chase overnight that ended in northeast Houston. Nobody was injured during the course of this chase but it will be turned over to the Major Offenders Division of the Houston police department because of the evidence found throughout the course of the chase.

Police say silver Monte Carlo ran a stop sign at Knox Street and West Little York around 1:15am on the northeast side of Houston. The vehicle would not pull over and that started a chase through the neighborhoods of the north side for about 10 miles. During the course of the chase police say at least two suspects tossed from the car two hoodies with ATF stitched or taped on the clothing and a tactical vest as well.

Police tried to toss spikes but the suspect's vehicle avoided them. The patrol car in pursuit could not avoid them so that damaged the squad car. The chase finally ended when the driver stopped at Bostic near the East Freeway.

"We saw from the window but we didn't come out," said witness Juana Ayala. "We were so nervous that we didn't come out."

Police brought in a helicopter and a K-9 unit to search for the suspects, but they eluded authorities.

The car was towed from the scene. No one was injured in the chase.