Suspect takes police on wild 2-state chase

Published 12:08 am Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A fleeing motorist took authorities on a wild vehicular chase across state lines Monday that ended with the suspect in custody on a roadway in Louisiana.

Law enforcement officials said the suspect — his name won’t be released until arraignment, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said — initially fled from deputies who attempted to stop him for a traffic violation at 11:39 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Hamshire Road. He was driving a 2008 Honda Accord, which police linked to an endangered/missing person’s case from Austin.

Instead of stopping, the driver fled in the vehicle through Beaumont, Orange County and into Louisiana where he exited the interstate and reversed course, headed back toward Texas and causing a major wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. The driver entered the Texas welcome center parking lot, entered a service road and reversed course yet again, heading back to Louisiana.

He continued eastbound for about 25 miles, until exiting the interstate at Westlake, where his vehicle struck two police cars there and crashed at Highway 378 and Hollis Road.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment, then taken to a local judge’s office for arraignment.

The Jefferson County’s Sheriff’s Office said the suspect faces multiple charges in Texas and Louisiana related to this case and would be questioned by investigators in Austin about the missing person case.

Other departments involved in the chase included police departments from Beaumont, Vidor and Orange, Texas; Vinton, Sulphur and Westlake, Louisiana; and sheriff’s departments in Orange County, Texas and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana; Texas State Troopers, Louisiana State Police and several constables in Louisiana.