Driver in stolen vehicle arrested after leading police on 45 minute chase from Bellaire to Memorial area

A police chase in Houston ended in an arrest Friday, Houston police said.
A police chase in Houston ended in an arrest Friday, Houston police said.

A police chase in Houston ended in an arrest Friday, Houston police said.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., the Bellaire Police Department’s stationary Automated License Plate Reader located in the 5400 block of Bellaire identified a maroon SUV that was reported stolen by the Houston Police Department, Bellaire police said in a release. Bellaire officers responded to the area and located the vehicle. When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver failed to yield and actively began to evade the officers, prompting the pursuit.

Bellaire officers and units from the Houston Police department pursued the vehicle from Bellaire into Houston. The car led officers through the Galleria area and into the Memorial area.

After about 45 minutes, Houston police notified the Bellaire officers that they knew the identity of the suspect. Bellaire police then discontinued the pursuit due to traffic conditions, the Bellaire Police Department states in the release. Houston police maintained surveillance of the suspect using unmarked police vehicles and a helicopter.

After the pursuit ended, KPRC 2′s Sky 2 helicopter remained overhead and captured the suspect exiting the vehicle on Memorial Drive. The suspect began walking through a neighborhood and was soon after taken into police custody.

The vehicle was reported stolen on Monday, Sept. 20. The vehicle evaded officers on multiple occasions over the past several days, said HPD Lt. Crowson.

The driver is now charged with felony evading and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

No one was injured during the chase.


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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.