Trooper chases smart car on Houston freeways

HOUSTON - A smart car driver led a state trooper on a chase through west and north Houston Wednesday.

Officials said David Wheaton, 49, refused to stop and a chase began shortly before 11:45 a.m. Speeds reached up to 92 mph.

The smart car traveled on Interstate 10 near Beltway 8 and then moved to the West Loop northbound.

Wheaton got off the freeway at Ella Boulevard and pulled into the driveway of his home in the 1200 block Kinley, where he got out of his car.

Several officers arrested him without incident.

Neighbors said they were surprised Wheaton allegedly led officers on a chase.

"We never had any problems," neighbor Tony Lopez said. "He listened to his music loud sometimes, but other than that he seemed like a nice guy."

Lopez said he thought a smart car was an odd choice for Wheaton.

"I thought it was kind of small for him because he's a big dude," Lopez said. "I used to ask him, 'How do you fit in that car, because you weigh about 240 (pounds)?'"

Wheaton has been charged with driving while intoxicated - third offense and felony evading arrest.

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