Beaumont teen arrested after high speed chase in stolen car

Earl Glenn Wright Jr.

Thursday, Oct. 19, at about 9:58 p.m., Pinehurst Police Officer J. Lockett was on patrol in the 3300 block of West Park Avenue in Pinehurst, the Pinehurst Police Department said in a release, when he observed a gray Jeep traveling westbound on Park Avenue. The driver failed to use a turn signal, he said. Officer Lockett attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated in an apparent attempt to elude him. Officer Lockett was advised by dispatch that the vehicle was reported stolen in Beaumont.

The driver sped north onto 33rd Street then west on Pheasant Street. At the intersection of Pheasant Street and 35th Street, a man exited the vehicle, but the driver continued on south on 35th Street to West Park as Lockett continue in pursuit. The chase continued onto Old Highway 90 to I-10 westbound where speeds reached over 100 mph. Officer Lockett was finally able to get the driver to pull over near the 864 mile post after the driver of the Jeep struck the side of his patrol unit causing slight damage.

The driver, Earl Glenn Wright Jr., 18, was taken into custody for felony evading arrest or detention. If convicted, Wright, who lists a Beaumont address, faces six months to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine. He remains in the Orange County Jail with a $3,000 bond for evading arrest and a $200 bond for traffic offenses.

A 16-year-old male passenger was released to his parents. The man who exited the vehicle was never located but his identity has been obtained.

- Pinehurst Police Department