Caught on camera: Shoplifting suspect takes police on a wild ride

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A shoplifting suspect is in custody after leading police on a wild chase in west Houston overnight.

According to police, the suspect pulled out in front of officers at an AutoZone parking lot on North Gessner.

The suspect attempted to stop his vehicle on Gessner Drive, but according to authorities, they were cautious about approaching the vehicle, fearing the suspect may have had a weapon in the car.

Surrounded by police, the suspect fled the scene leading police on another short chase.

The chase came to an end after Houston police used road spikes to disable the suspect's car near the Southwest Freeway.

When Eyewitness News asked the suspect why he ran, he said, "Because it was something to do."

According to police, the suspect is charged with aggravated robbery and felony evading arrest.

Police are also testing to see if alcohol or narcotics were a factor.

"It does appear that he was on some kind of narcotics, we are checking into that," HPD Larry Crowson said. "The officers went back to the original auto parts store and found that he did shoplift in there, ran out, almost ran over the store manager as he was leaving."

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