2 men charged after innocent driver hospitalized in police chase crash


HOUSTON – An innocent driver was hurt Tuesday after a police chase ended in a crash.

It all started with a carjacking at gunpoint near Southmore Avenue and Wafer Street in Pasadena.

Police managed to track down the stolen truck near I-10 and Freeport, but the thieves took off.

The chase ended when the men crashed into a car on Gainesville and Nancy in northeast Harris County.

The crash left one of the suspects and the driver of the other vehicle seriously injured. The second thief tried to run away but was quickly arrested.

The injured suspect and innocent driver were taken to the hospital, according to Pasadena Police. 

Police later identified the suspects as Jonathan Zapata Castaneda, 22, and Christian Velazquez, 20. 

Velazquez is charged with felony evading and unauthorized use of a vehicle, while Castaneda faces aggravated robbery charges.

Both men are being held at the Harris County Jail with no bail.