HOUSTON – Mohamed Ahmed Abu-Shlieba, the driver who police said led officers on a high-speed chase through three counties, appeared in court Friday.
According to police, the chase started in the 1600 block of S. Post Oak Boulevard in Houston.
Abu-Shlieba drove a stolen white Dodge Hellcat at speeds of more than 100 mph while eastbound on the I-10 East Freeway, police said. He raced through Harris County, Chambers County and toward Jefferson County.
Near Winnie, police said, Abu-Shlieba headed east on Highway 73.
At some point, police said, Abu-Shlieba bailed out of the car and ran into a large field of brush off Highway 73 near the Veolia Environmental Services treatment complex, west of Beaumont. Deputies believe he ran out of gas.
Authorities searched for Abu-Shlieba in the field using the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office helicopter. They eventually found Abu-Shlieba and led deputies to him.
Abu-Shlieba, 25, was handcuffed and escorted by deputies in the helicopter, which then flew back to the highway and landed.