HOUSTON - Bank robbery suspects led police on a nearly hour-long chase through Houston on Wednesday.
Detectives said it started when a man robbed the Trustmark Bank in the 10300 block of the Katy Freeway about 12:25 p.m. Officers went to the bank and ended up chasing the robber and a second man in a silver minivan.
Officers chased the vehicle eastbound on the 610 Loop. It started around Bellaire Boulevard, went past state Highway 288 and Interstate 45 and over the Houston Ship Channel Bridge. The driver circled back onto the North Loop and exited southbound to Interstate 45.
Investigators said the driver exited onto Telephone Road in southeast Houston and had at least two flat tires, thanks to spike strips that officers threw out during the pursuit.
About 1:10 p.m., the chase turned onto surface roads and through several neighborhoods. Because the vehicle was damaged and the driver was traveling on rims, he did not have complete control of the vehicle and drove the wrong way at times. The front passenger rim popped off while the driver was on Scott near Old Spanish Trail, but he kept going.
The vehicle stopped on Scott and Noah about 1:20 p.m., after sparks began flying from underneath the minivan.
The passenger got out and surrendered, but the the driver ran. He surrendered a short time later. Both were arrested, but their names have not been released.
"He was doing, on average 65 mph ... most he sped up, maybe 75," Lt. Randall Upton said.
Police said they did find some cash inside the minivan.
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