HOUSTON – A man accused of beating a Baytown woman Thursday led police on a nearly 90-minute chase that ended near the Museum District of Houston, police said.
Baytown officers received a call about 7 a.m. concerning an assault and domestic disturbance, according to Houston police. Officers arrived and a woman at the scene pointed at a vehicle that was fleeing, saying she had been pistol-whipped by the driver, identified as 42-year-old Eric Brown, police said.
Baytown officers began chasing Brown’s vehicle westbound on Interstate 10, and Houston police joined in once it entered their jurisdiction, officials said. The chase eventually turned onto Interstate 610 South Loop, Post Oak Road and then back onto the South Loop.
Officers tried to use a maneuver, called the Pursuit Intervention Technique, to stop the vehicle on the eastbound side of the South Loop near Kirby Drive. The vehicle, which was traveling with a flattened driver’s side rear tire, was able to escape.
The chase seemed to have come to an end when several police vehicles surrounded it in the emergency lane on the northbound side of Highway 288 just north of Holcombe Boulevard. However, the driver was able to slip between two of the police vehicles and sped away.
Shortly after that, a Houston police cruiser moved in and used the PIT maneuver a second time to successfully stop the vehicle on the exit ramp from northbound Highway 288 to MacGregor Way. Brown was taken into custody and placed on a gurney.
Houston police said that during the chase they believed Brown may have had a weapon and a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Once the chase ended, however, no weapon was found and Brown did not appear to be wounded, police said.
No serious injuries were reported and Brown was taken to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution, police said.
Police said they will review the methods used during the chase to improve their tactics.
It was a busy morning this morning but everyone, including the bad guy, came through it safely.— Baytown Police (@BaytownPolice1) March 22, 2018