Teen arrested after auto racing leads to accident in The Woodlands

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by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 11:35 AM

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – A teenager from The Woodlands was arrested after car racing with two friends led to an accident Friday night on Gosling Road.

Tyler Schlegel, 17, and two friends, Karson Cardoza and an unidentified male teen, were leaving a movie theater after seeing the movie “Need for Speed” and decided to see how fast they could go in their cars down Gosling Road.

The unidentified teen with Cardoza in the passenger’s seat were heading north in his BMW, while Schlegel was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang.

As the cars started accelerating and raced down Gosling, the two vehicles came into contact with each other causing the BMW to lose control. The car then veered off the road and struck an Entergy electrical box before hitting a tree.

Cardoza, who had forgotten his cell phone, had a badly injured arm. He was able to escape from the passenger seat and run to the Shell station at Research Forest and Gosling. The driver of the BMW was trapped in the driver seat.

“The young man came crashing through the door, yelling help, help, help,” said the attendant, who does not want to be identified. “I came running out. He had blood on his arms real bad.”

Schlegel fled the scene and parked his vehicle down the street near the Burger King. He then returned on foot.

As first responders were attempting to cut the driver out of the BMW, bystanders pointed to Schlegel identifying him as the driver. Shenandoah police, who were on the scene, approached Schlegel who fled once again leading the officers in a foot chase. He was captured in a short distance.

“I just saw him on the road the other day, and he was driving the speed limit right behind me,” said neighbor Dan Dantche.

Neighbors said this is totally out of character.

“That’s shocking because he’s a very responsible young man,” said neighbor Bonnie Johnson.

Schlegel was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of accident causing serious bodily injury, racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury and evading arrest.

“Let’s hope that somebody does learn from that,” said Johnson. “They don’t need to do it. It’s a silly thing to do for your future.” Schlegel has bailed out of jail. The other driver of the BMW could face charges as well.

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