Man drives on rims for 20 miles during wild police chase

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter

ALDINE, Texas - Sparks were flying and lights were flashing as deputies chased a pickup truck that failed to yield during a traffic stop.

Authorities said they tried to pull over a Dodge Ram 1500 truck being driven by Tyler Cheli around midnight Tuesday near the Beltway and the Hardy Toll Road, but instead of hitting the brakes, Cheli took off.

Cheli, 29, drove north through north Harris County before reaching the Hardy Toll Road and heading south toward the city, deputies said.

When the chase reached the Airport Connector near the Hardy Toll Road, deputies said they were able to deploy spike strips, hitting both passenger side tires.

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However, even that could not stop Cheli.

VIDEO: Watch the wild police chase that had sparks flying

Cheli exited the Hardy Toll Road and continued to drive southbound for until hitting I-610 and turning westbound, authorities said.

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Deputies said Cheli drove on the rims for about 20 miles before finally giving up near I-610 and TC Jester.

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The chase lasted a total of 40 miles before Cheli was taken into custody.

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Cheli was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail on an open assault warrant, officials said. He was also charged with evading arrest, according to authorities.

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