HOUSTON - A man led deputies on a chase after he carjacked a vehicle from two people waiting in the drive-through at a north Harris County Wendy's, investigators said.
Harris County sheriff's deputies said a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were traveling in a Chevrolet Avalanche and were waiting in line at a Wendy's drive-through on West Road about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Officials said a man walked up to the driver's side of the vehicle, grabbed the man and pulled him out of the car. As the thief pulled the man out of the vehicle, he pushed him a few times, knocking him to the ground.
The man got into the car and started to take off. Officials said the victim tried to grab the thief and pull him back out of the car. As he tried to grab the suspect, authorities said the 21-year-old man was dragged along the ground. He suffered a shoulder injury, scrapes and bruises.
Officials said the thief was able to get away with the woman in the car. He took off onto feeder road, drove toward West Road and then went westbound on Veterans Boulevard, detectives said.
Deputies were headed toward the Wendy's when they spotted the stolen Avalanche. Deputies then began chasing the vehicle.
"At 45 South, he was trying to change lanes. He lost control, hit the barrier wall and crashed out - directly in front of West Road, which was nearly the same point he started this whole aggravated robbery at," Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.
Deputies shut down both the northbound and southbound sides of the freeway.
Police told the thief to get out of the car, but officials said he didn't move. The woman then opened up the door and was able to get away unharmed.
A deputy with a K-9 approached the car and let the dog loose. Officials said the K-9 was able to enter the vehicle and bite the suspect. Other deputies approached the car and took the man into custody.
Deputies said the suspect refused to talk to them. Officials said he is facing a list of multiple felonies, including evading arrest, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.
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