HPD: Driver arrested after running red light, leading police on chase

By Kelci Johnston - News Producer

HOUSTON - A driver was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop escalated to a miles-long police chase through northeast Houston.

Police initially tried to pull the driver over when officers spotted him speeding through a red light near Irvington Boulevard and the North Loop West Freeway around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

"He attempted to stop the vehicle," said Lieutenant Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department. "The [driver] refused to yield to the officers. He led the officers on approximately a 10-minute chase."

At one point, investigators said an officer threw out a spike strip, blowing out one of the tires on the suspect's vehicle near Jensen Drive and the East Freeway.

"He lost control of the car shortly after that and went into a field," Lt. Crowson said.

Police said he jumped out of the vehicle and was quickly taken into custody.

"The suspect appears to be intoxicated," said Lt. Crowson. "[He was taken downtown] to determine if he was driving while intoxicated."

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