Driver arrested after police chase on south side of town

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - Police officers have arrested a driver after a chase through three counties and into south Houston.

According to Webster police, the chase began shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday when a patrol officer caught a suspect attempting to break into a car at an Academy off the Gulf Freeway and NASA Parkway in the Webster area.

"One of our detectives saw a subject popping a lock on a vehicle and called it in and multiple units responded and the subject fled the scene," officer Gary Wirt said.

The officer tried to stop the suspect when police say the man jumped into a white pickup truck and fled the scene. Authorities say the vehicle had no license plates and was possibly stolen.

Police chased him on I-45 north to Beltway 8 to Highway 288, then back to the South Belt.

The pursuit then went into Missouri City, Pearland and Stafford.

Eventually the suspect pulled over near the South Belt and Highway 288 and was taken into custody.

There were at least two wrecks during the chase. A person driving an Acura was hit on South Gardner Street and was taken to the hospital with injuries. That driver's condition has not been released

Authorities are unsure of what charges will be pressed, but they could possibly include failure to stop and render aid and felony evading arrest.

As of Friday afternoon, Webster Police had not released the suspect's name.

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