KATY, Texas – A high speed police chase turned into a multi-agency manhunt after a driver plowed through a fence and into a drainage ditch off of Pederson Road in Katy.
“Scary ‘cause we don’t know if they’re going to come into neighborhood,” said Alissa Wiswell, who lives in the subdivision next to where it happened. “That’s what freaks me out.”
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said they are searching for 15-plus people that were crammed into a 4-door Dodge pick-up truck.
Deputies said a DPS trooper noticed something was off about the truck as it drove towards Harris County on the Katy Freeway.
“He did notice people raising their heads from bed of a truck which caught his attention,” said Sgt. Cedrick Collier, with HCSO.
The car came back stolen, so deputies tried to make a stop. However, the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
“They saw the guy plow through the fence,” said witness Trevor Howard.
When the chase ended, those inside scattered in every direction. Deputies started to search even bringing in ATV’s, K-9’s and horses to track down those that fled.
“It’s very hot out here,” said Collier. “We want to get people help, see if they’re hydrated and see if they’re not injured.”
Deputies said at least two did sustain minor injuries. They were loaded up by paramedics and sent to a local hospital. Neighbors hope they are caught before it gets dark.
“There’s a lot of families to think that they could come into our neighborhood and put families at risk,” said Wiswell. “That’s horrible, hopefully they find them now.”
Deputies said at least 18 people, 17 men and one woman, are in custody after hours of searching.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been notified as a precaution.