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2 in custody after chase that started in southeast Houston

HOUSTON – Two people were in custody Wednesday after a chase that started in southeast Houston.

The Houston Police Department told KPRC the chase began near the South Loop and Calhoun Road with a routine traffic stop.

"He ran a stop sign,” said HPD Sgt. Ramos. “He failed to use signals.”

Instead of stopping for HPD officers, authorities say the driver took off, allegedly traveling at speeds of up to 80 mph.

At one point, authorities said, the driver appears to swerve into the wrong lane carrying oncoming traffic. At one point, officers saw something thrown out of the vehicle.

“While they were in the pursuit, the suspects did throw narcotics from the vehicle, which was recovered by my officers who were following him,” said HPD Lt. Elizabeth Lorenzana.

The chase continued from the area of the 610 South Loop East at Crestmont Street going eastbound.

The chase later turned southbound onto Telephone Road and then westbound onto Long Drive.

By 1:20 p.m., the chase turned eastbound on Spencer Highway before turning north on Shaver Street.

Houston police said in a tweet that the chase passed into Pasadena, as well.

The chase ended when the vehicle drove into a fenced parking lot near North Main Street and State Highway 225 in Pasadena.

A line of police cars blocked the two suspects in. Police asked each suspect to get out of the car and slowly back up toward the officers.

“It's safer for the officers to have them (suspects) come back towards them and they are going to take one out at a time,” said Lorenzana.

Both suspects were taken into custody. They were charged with tampering with evidence. The driver was charged with felony evading.