Houston Police attempted to stop a vehicle at the Citgo station on Sorters Road at US 59. The vehicle sped off and HPD pursued it. A short distance later it pulled over. Officers were getting out on the vehicle when he fled North on Sorters Road to Old Sorters. He then continued up Old Sorters to Briar Chase and down Briar Bark where he bailed out of the vehicle on foot. HPD Officer Sanchez and Lt. Carlton Brown along with three wrecker drivers, Jose Jimenez with LaBuff Towing, Slinky with Slinky’s Wrecker and Mike Hendricks with Humble towing chased the suspect into the woods. Where he stopped the car was only one block from his parents home. When Officers approached that yard they were told by family members to leave.
Soon additional HPD units, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies and Precinct 4 Constables and DPS Troopers were able to set a perimeter. New Caney ISD locked down White Oak Middle School which had let out prior to the chase and Ben’s Branch Elementary which was about to let out. Ben’s Branch students were delayed in being released as teachers and administrators escorted the children to the busses and waiting vehicles. All sports activities were ceased and those students brought into the school.
A young female from Cleveland who was also in the car was detained for a short time until it was determined she was just a friend of his and once the chase started he refused to stop and let her out. She also had no prior criminal history and cooperated with law enforcement officials.
After over an hour of searching using dogs and an HPD Helicopter the search was called off. Just long enough for a radio call to come through that the suspect was at off Spears and Glory near Ford and Loop 494. At that location HPD’s canine unit deployed and within minutes the dog took a bite out of crime.
Montgomery County EMS responded to the dog bite in which the dog left a mark large enough to require sutures to his right cheek of his buttocks.
Shane Berrones, age 32 was taken into custody with charges pending out of Harris County for the evading and open warrants out of Montgomery County for an incident on Loop 494 in which he was racing and struck a patrol deputy earlier this year. He told police he was living in his car under the bridge on US59 at the San Jacinto River.
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