Fleeing suspects crash into police unit; officers injured

Fleeing suspects crash into police unit; officers injured

Two auto burglary suspects were admitted to St. Elizabeth Hospital after fleeing the scene and crashing their car into a responding patrol unit, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

The two officers suffered minor injuries and are recovering at home.  At about 3:44 a.m. this morning, several residents in Beaumont’s West End reported burglaries of their vehicles. 

Witnesses saw the suspects driving a tan Hyundai Elantra. Responding officers located the vehicle near the area of Hwy 105 at Major Drive.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to yield and a pursuit ensued. The fleeing suspects were driving at a high rate of speed with their headlights turned off as they entered a residential area.  As the suspects continued to flee, they turned onto Guess Rd. from Old Voth and struck a responding patrol unit. The officer driving the patrol unit was able to avoid a direct head-on collision.

The two officers in the patrol unit were not seriously injured. The two suspects did suffer non-life threatening injuries. Beaumont EMS transported them to St. Elizabeth ER where they were admitted.  

Officers located stolen property inside the suspects’ vehicle.  Officers also located marijuana and Kush (synthetic marijuana) inside the vehicle.  Officers took several offense reports for auto burglary in the adjacent neighborhood.  In many of those burglaries, the owners had not locked their vehicles and much of the stolen property was left in plain sight inside their unsecured vehicles. 

Upon their release, the 17-year-old Beaumont man and the 20-year-old Kountze man will be booked into jail on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, felony evading, intoxication assault, and possession of marijuana.

In a Beaumont Police Department press release, police advise car owners should always keep their vehicles locked and remove valuables when away from their vehicles.