Driver leads authorities on dangerous chase

A wild police chase turned the north Beltway into a dangerous freeway overnight.

January 22, 2013 9:35:17 AM PST
A driver who reportedly struck a Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constable's squad car fled the scene and led authorities on a wild chase early this morning.

According to officials, the suspect has been identified as Paul Michaels, 47. He is reportedly the CEO of a company called Contra Life Clothing.

Our Houston Transtar Jamcams caught the chase after police had already spiked the suspect's car. At one point, sparks were flying from the car as it moved along Beltway 8.

Police say the chase began around 4am when the driver rear-ended a Precinct 5 deputy constable K-9 unit near Westheimer on the West Beltway, but then kept going. He continued to drive and rammed into the squad vehicle a second time, according to officials.

After 40 minutes, the SUV eventually caught fire when those rims continued to make contact with the pavement. The chase came to an end on the Beltway at Tidwell in northeast Harris County.

Precinct 5 constables tell Eyewitness News Michaels did not want to stop.

"We did find multiple weapons on the vehicle. The vehicle at one point almost got fully engulfed. Both tires did get blown out," said Sgt. Herbert Martinez with the Precinct 5 Constable's Office. " The vehicle did get spiked by Precinct 4. It's called tire deflation device and it was deployed. The front two tires were blown out and there is no tread on the tires and it was down to the wheel."

The SUV was moved off the East Beltway and taken to a nearby gas station. There were three different departments, Precincts 3, 4 and 5, involved in the chase.

Michaels is now facing charges of aggravated assault and felony evading. He could face even more charges after the weapons were discovered in the vehicle.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the chase.

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