It was a wild ride that began in Houston and ended in Conroe with multiple felony charges in two counties and thousands of dollars in damage.
Sgt. Eric Batton of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the trouble began around 6 p.m. when a woman stole the vehicle of a roadside worker near the intersection of Stuebner Airline and Kuykendahl and shortly thereafter was involved in a major accident at Spring Stuebner and Kuykendahl.
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After the first crash, the woman fled on foot and found her next victim in his driveway.
Augustine Zavala, Jr. said he was waxing his car when the woman appeared from the side of his house and got into his car. He told her to get out, but she paid no attention and mumbled something about an accident, he said. Zavala tried to get in the other side, but only made it half way when she got the car started and took off, dragging him. Fearing his life was in danger, Zavala said he let go and sustained only minor scrapes.
From there, the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office got behind her, pursuing the second stolen vehicle east on FM 2920 until she reached I-45 and turned northbound. At that point, an HCSO patrol unit also began to follow.
Pct. 4 units dropped out of the chase at Woodlands Parkway, while the HSCO unit continued, with a second unit catching up and two more “shadowing” Batton said.
The stolen vehicle continued until it reached SH 242, where it collided with another civilian vehicle on the northbound feeder road. The driver pushed the collision and continued north, reentering the freeway’s northbound main lanes and continuing until she reached South Loop 336. At that point she struck the rear of a 2010 Ford F150 which was just purchased by Conroe businessman Jim Hallers. “I just got it a few days ago”, said Hellers. “I only have 1200 miles on it and just got the plates.” Heller suffered a minor head injury when his head struck the corner of the sun visor. Hellers wife Arlene complained of a sore neck but neither were transported. Hellers said he was driving northbound when something lifted the rear of the truck up.
At that point, the woman jumped out of the stolen vehicle and ran across the southbound lanes of IH45 and jumped off the Loop 336 overpass. She then ran to the Shell station where she was jumped in a brown Ford F150 pickup and got the male driver to drive off. They made it under the freeway in the U-Turn lane and as they started northbound, the driver seeing the deputies stopped and they were able to take the yet unidentified woman into custody.
In Harris County, the woman is charged with auto-theft and carjacking (aggravated robbery), and evading arrest. In Montgomery County, she is charged with evading arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Batton said everyone was very fortunate no one was injured.