HOUSTON – A suspect in a Smart Car made a dumb move when he led a DPS trooper on a high-speed chase that ended in his own driveway.
Police say the trooper tried to stop David Wheaton on I-10 near Kirkwood shortly before noon, but he kept going.
The driver sped to the North Loop and continued northbound before taking the Ella exit.
From Air 11, the tiny car looked more like a lost toy playing a cat and mouse game with the trooper’s squad car.
Traffic on Ella forced the Smart Car to slow down and the chase ended in a residential area a few minutes later. It turned out to be Wheaton’s neighborhood on Kinley Lane. He was arrested in his driveway as surprised neighbors watched.
"There never seemed to be anything wrong with the guy," neighbor Tony Lopez said. "Moved in and everything was fine. Was a nice guy, stayed on his side of the yard and we got along good."
According to Kevin Bradley, Wheaton is really quiet, lives alone and works from home on computers.
Lopez described Wheaton as friendly and said he often chatted with neighbors when he walked his dog.
"You know, he had a dog that he’d come out in the yard and he’d lay with the dog. There never seemed to be anything wrong with the guy," Lopez said.
The neighbors also agreed that Wheaton is pretty big for a tiny Smart Car.
"250 pounds," Bradley said. "I’d say about 6 foot."
Wheaton was charged with DWI and evading arrest. It was his third time to be charged with DWI, police said.
He was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond.