Search underway after high-speed chase suspect crashes SUV through garage


by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:57 PM

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—State troopers are searching for a man who stole a luxury SUV from a used car dealership and then crashed it into a home in northwest Harris County.

Employees at the Nexcar used auto dealership in Spring say a man walked into their showroom on Feb. 8 and asked to test drive a Range Rover. He gave the sales person a fake name and a fake Social Security number.

He then took her on a bizarre three-hour test ride to a Starbucks, an apartment complex and then to a restaurant. At the restaurant, they said he tricked the sales person and got her out of the car.

“She’s a new sales person, brand new to the car business,” said Nexcar manager Scot Siem. “We’re just thankful nothing happened to her, cars can be replaced, people can’t.”

Siem was surprised to see his dealership’s stolen SUV on the morning news crashed into the garage of a home on Rolling Creek Drive and Elk River Road.

State troopers said they were chasing the suspect after he ran a stop sign and was driving erratically. The driver tried to get away and slammed through the garage. Despite the damage to the Range Rover, he was able to get up and run away.

Troopers brought in a helicopter and three schools were on lockdown while they searched for the suspect. He still hasn’t been found. It is unknown if he was injured.

Nobody was inside the home at the time. The Range Rover is a complete loss. According to Nexcar, it’s valued at between $45,000 to $50,000.  The car dealer wants him caught.

“I hope they catch him and prosecute him to the full extent of the law,” said Siem.