Cocaine found after high-speed pursuit, crash

Cocaine found after high-speed pursuit, crash

A high-speed chase between police and two Florida men driving a gold Buick Rendezvous began in Beaumont near Ford Park on Thursday, March 28, and ended with the suspects crashing their car into a pylon at the underpass of I-10 and Highway 12 near Veteran’s Park in Vidor.

The pursuit began Thursday morning around 9:40 a.m. when a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over after a seatbelt violation near Ford Park in Beaumont. When the deputy activated his emergency lights the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. The driver exited Walden Road driving through the Holiday Inn parking lot, going eastbound on the westbound service road, through the parking lot of Cheddars and Tinseltown Cinema and reentered I-10 going east, according to a release by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle fled police at rates of speed in excess of 120 mph and entered Orange County leaving the interstate and driving along the service road several times throughout the pursuit. The chase, which lasted about 30 minutes, ended when the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete pylon under the Highway 12 exit bridge in Vidor in an attempt to make a turnaround to head back west on I-10.

Police recovered at least one kilo of cocaine, and the men have prior records for narcotics, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said. The driver, who only sustained a possible bruised chin from the impact, exited the vehicle in an attempt to flee toward Vidor Junior High School, but Jefferson County deputies were able to detain him by tasing him. The passenger might have suffered a broken leg, according to Carroll, and was treated by paramedics on the scene. Both men were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont where they will be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Upon their release from the hospital, they will be booked into the Jefferson County correctional facility for possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest, according to the release.  No other injuries were reported and no other vehicles were struck, Carroll said.

Beaumont Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Vidor Police Department and Vidor Independent School District Police assisted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in the pursuit.