Just before 1am Harris County Sheriff’s Department lost a pickup they were tracking on Lo-Jack that had been stolen two hours earlier. Minutes later Houston Police spotted the truck at North Freeway and Tidwell. When they attempted to stop the truck it sped ff getting onto the North Freeway. As speeds reached over 100 miles per hour they soon crossed the Montgomery County line. As they reached the Woodlands Montgomery County units and Oak Ridge units joined in the pursuit. With a Houston Police helicopter overhead it continued north where the driver exited SH 242.
At this point Conroe Police were also moving officers in position north of the location. The Dodge pickup ran though the intersection and re-entered Interstate 45 until they reached Crighton at which point he exited again and then re-entered.
Conroe Police attempted to spike the vehicle at the South Loop and I-45. Continuing past Gladstell units ahead were getting into position. In addition Walker County units were notified and also moving into position should they cross into Walker county only three miles ahead.
Willis Police who had been monitoring the situation along with DPS set up in Willis. Blacked out so the suspect was not able to them Willis was able to get a good spike taking out two additional tires leaving the truck on a blown tire and two rims. As the vehicle now slowed from over 100 to a mere 40 miles per hour still showed no signs of stopping. As they passed Longstreet Road, Houston Police supervisors ordered a pit maneuver in which a police vehicle turns into the fleeing vehicle to put the vehicle in another direction of travel. In this case it worked. The pickup ran off the road flipping and trapping the driver under the vehicle and ending the forty-eight mile chase. The other occupant was then taken into custody.
North Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the scene and was able to free the driver who was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in critical condition. The other occupant also a male was treated by MCHD medics and transported by Houston Police.
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