December 7, 2022 9:34 pm

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Posted: 2.9.2013 11:30

overnight police chase goes 70 miles

090213 WILLIS TO PEARLAND PURSUIT1Just after midnight, a Willis Police unit was working moving radar in their city when a white pickup passed him at a  high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the truck which traveled down Wood Street to FM 1097 and west to Interstate 45.

As the truck entered Interstate 45 southbound the driver accelerated to over 100 miles per hour, Conroe Police were notified and attempted to get into position to spike the vehicle, however he moved through Conroe to quickly to get into position.

As they crossed Crighton Road the driver started throwing beer cans out the window as he continued his high speed. At one point he parted vehicles by driving down the center lane dividers.

Multiple DPS units were now also assisting.

As they continued southbound and exited the Conroe city limits, the driver identified as Lionel Rodriguez, 26 formerly of Willis now living in Huntsville called 911. Conroe dispatch answered and Rodriguez announced that he was a wanted felon and the only way he was going to stop is if he was killed by an officer.

The chase continued through Montgomery County at speeds just over 100 miles per hour and was joined by Harris County at Richey Road and Interstate 45.

As they reached the North Belt Houston Police were notified and also became involved in the pursuit. Houston units requested the helicopter be launched to assist.

Rodriguez continued to talk with the Conroe dispatcher as she tried talking him into stopping. As they approached Little York he told her he would quit if he could go to the Montgomery County Jail and not Harris County. Since the chase started in Montgomery County that would have been his destination.

The chase continued through Houston, traffic was light for a Sunday night, most motorists pulled over to clear a lane, as some pulled into another lane and slowed to below highway speeds just to get a look at what was happening.

Houston Police Departments helicopter met the pursuit as they past Hobby Airport and began to give officers alerts as to what was ahead.

Rodriguez then entered the South Belt and traveled westbound toward SH 288. Just before SH 288 the Conroe dispatcher convinced him that nobody had been hurt and to give himself up.

With his truck showing only eighty miles until his fuel tank was empty Rodriguez stopped in the middle of Beltway 8 and surrendered without incident.

Rodriguez was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he is charged with evading arrest. In addition, he had open warrants for forgery and probation violations from Dallas.

Rodriguez was very cooperative after he surrendered and apologized for everything he did and putting so many people in danger. He commented how he just wanted to clear all his charges up even if it took several years.

There were o crashes or injuries during the pursuit.

This was not his first brush with the law

2004-UNLAWFUL CARRYING A WEAPON-MONTGOMERY COUNTY-180 DAY

2004-BURGLARY OF HABITATION-DROPPED TO CRIMINAL TRESPASS-MONTGOMERY COUNTYY-30 DAYS

2004-FAIL TO ID FUGITIVE INTENT TO GIVE FALSE INFO-MONTGOMERY COUNTY-30 DAYS
2005-BURGLARY OF MOTOR VEHICLE-MONTGOMERY-DISMISSED

2005-AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON-MONTGOMERY COUNTY-1 YEAR PROBATION

2006-EVADING ARREST-MONTGOMERY-DISMISSED

2008-MANUFACTURE/DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE-DALLAS-10 YEARS TDCJ

2008-MANUFACTURE/DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE-DALLAS-10 YEARS TDCJ

He was released on parole.

overnight police chase goes 70 miles

 

 

 

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