A fleeing suspect who allegedly stole a truck from an Orange County convenience store led sheriff's deputies on a chase that eventually resulted in a three-car accident, Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson reports.
According to a news release from OCSO, they received "an emergency call" from the Vidor Superette located at 5645 North Main in Vidor at approximately 12:45 p.m. in reference to a stolen vehicle. The caller stated that while the owner of the vehicle was inside the store, a male suspect got into the truck and drove away.
Deputies located the stolen vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet truck, as it was fleeing the area. The marked Sheriff’s vehicles got behind the stolen truck on North Main in Vidor and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Cesar Olmedo of Nederland. The suspect refused to stop and led Deputies to Interstate 10 westbound towards Beaumont. The suspect continued fleeing at speeds approximately 100 miles per hour, deputies report. He continued westbound on Interstate 10, exiting at Highway 69, then driving at a high rate of speed until exiting onto Highway 347. As he approached the intersection with Spurlock Road, the suspect crashed into a passenger vehicle and then side-swiped the trailer of an 18-wheeler. The suspect then fled on foot where officers apprehended him on Hill Street just off Highway 347.
The driver of the passenger car that was involved in the collision was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for non-life threatening injuries. The tractor trailer driver was not hurt.
The suspect was not injured but was transported to the Baptist Hospital in Orange for a medical evaluation. After being evaluated, he was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest with a vehicle, both offenses a State Jail Felony.
Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned Olmedo on Wednesday, March 12, and set bond at $50,000 for Evading Arrest, and $100,000 for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. Olmedo remains in custody at the Orange County Jail.
The Beaumont Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the incident.