Man charged after shooting at police during high-speed chase

SUNNYSIDE, Texas – A man was charged Friday after shooting at police during a high-speed chase in Sunnyside, according to police.

Police said they tried to pull over a white pickup truck with an expired vehicle registration about 1 a.m. at Skyline and Hillcroft, but the driver refused to stop.

According to police, Ismael Gonzalez, 32, began to slow down and then sped up, failed to stay in a single lane, ran a red light and appeared to be intoxicated.

"They said the vehicle was driving erratically, possibly DWI, as far as why he likely fled," said Lt. Meeler, with Houston Police Department.

Officers said Gonzalez fired shots at them and struck their windshield. He led them on a 30-minute chase down Westpark to the South Loop,  and then to Red Bud, officials said.

The officers did not return fire, investigators said.

The chase ended in the 4000 block of Redbud, when Gonzalez got out of the car and ran, but officers were able to catch him after the K-9 unit made a brief search. 

Police searched in the area and along the chase route for the gun the driver had used.

"He said he blacked out, took off and when the bullet struck their patrol car, it kinda distracted their attention a little bit so he had an opportunity to possibly throw the gun outside the vehicle," said Meeler.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Gonzalez is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and felony evading arrest. 

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