Sparks fly during high-speed chase on Beltway 8; Weapons found in SUV

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 3:38 AM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Deputy constables said early Tuesday a suspect rear-ended an officer’s patrol car before leading them on a half-hour chase around Beltway 8.

The chase, which lasted about 20 miles, came to an end on the toll way near West Tidwell.

“One of our K9 units got rear-ended,” said Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Sgt Herbert Martinez. “The vehicle you see in the backdrop actually did the rear-ending. It rear-ended one of our units. It turned into a, what ended up being a pursuit.”

During the chase, Precinct 5 deputy constables said the suspect’s sport utility vehicle hit speeds around 100 miles per hour. An officer’s well-placed spikes blew out a tire, causing the suspect’s vehicle to throw sparks before it came to a stop.

Some of the action was captured on Houston Transtar freeway cameras.

Inside the SUV, deputies said they found several weapons. The vehicle apparently was a company car for a business called Contra Gear. Among the weapons found inside were a handgun with ammo, various holsters, knives, and even a set of nunchucks.

Constables said the suspect would be charged with fleeing and, because of the initial crash, aggravated assault.

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