Suspects in wild southeast Houston chase identified

Andre Deshaun McKinney, 40, is charged with felony evading in a motor vehicle and theft. Police said McKinney's passenger, 60-year-old James Pruitt (not pictured), will likely be charged with theft

April 7, 2012 7:05:20 PM PDT
The suspects in a wild end-of-the-week, rush-hour police chase in southeast Houston were identified by authorities Saturday.

Andre Deshaun McKinney, 40, is accused of driving the red Chevrolet Trailblazer that led police on the chase. He faces charges of felony evading in a motor vehicle and theft.

The chase began around 4pm Friday on the Gulf Freeway near NASA Parkway after McKinney and his passenger, 60-year-old James Pruitt, were allegedly spotted trying to break into cars in a Clear Lake-area Walmart parking lot.

During the chase, Pruitt opened the passenger door and tumbled out of the vehicle while it was moving. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital with neck and back injuries. Police said he will likely be charged with theft.

Additional charges may also be filed against McKinney, police said. According to investigators, he could face a charge for failure to stop and render aid because he did not stop to help Pruitt when he rolled out of the vehicle.

Officials said he could also be charged with failure to stop and give information because he struck a civilian's vehicle during the pursuit.