LEAGUE CITY, Texas - It was a dramatic conclusion to a story with more than its share of bizarre twists.
“The call was that Friendswood was currently in a pursuit and they were entering the city limits coming in my direction,” Sgt. Tamara Spencer, League City Police Department, said Tuesday.
Spencer happened to be working that Sunday, and no sooner than the call went out, the suspect vehicle was upon her. After a short pursuit, it stopped.
“Of course we did a felony stop, which means we get on the public address system and we give them commands to get out,” Spencer said. She is talking about 39-year-old Angel Zayas, of Houston, and his 18-year-old-son, Alexis.
Police said a short time earlier, the two were seen shoplifting at a Friendswood H-E-B grocery store and that an employee called them with a vehicle description when they left without paying.
A chase ensued between Friendswood and League City with speeds topping 100 mph, but that’s just the half of it.
“Once we were able to get everybody handcuffed and searched we determined the driver was using a walking cane to operate the accelerator and brake,” Spencer said of Angel Zayas, who has both of his legs amputated.
It was a first for Spencer.
“A felony traffic stop. The driver exits the vehicle, and he is basically a torso with arms,” Spencer said.
During the chase, officers said they noticed Alexis trying to throw evidence out the window. The officer was able to determine the evidence was a bag of Sour Patch Kids candy.
“Why run after all you stole was candy?” Spencer said.
The reason could be that the men have six prior theft convictions. Angel Zayas is being held in the Galveston County Jail on a $60,000 bond, while Alexis is being held on $5,000 bond.