Suspect evades police in high-speed chase

Suspect evades police in high-speed chase

A burglary suspect evaded deputies during a high-speed chase on Monday, June 9, that ended in what appeared to investigators to be a rollover wreck in a stolen SUV.

According to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, on June 09 at about 1:33 a.m., the OCSO dispatch received a call from a resident in the 1700 block of Fox Road, which is located in the Quiet Village neighborhood of Orange County off Highway 12 near Vidor, in reference to a possible burglary in progress. The resident reported that her husband saw someone trying to burglarize their neighbor’s property. The woman said her husband got into his vehicle and left to follow the suspect. 

A patrol deputy located the suspect vehicle on F.M. 1132 at Highway 12. The deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which was a blue 2003 Ford Explorer with paper plates, but the suspect would not stop. The suspect vehicle then accelerated in an apparent attempt to evade the deputy. The suspect turned southbound on North Tram Road reaching speeds over 80 mph. The suspect went through the intersections of North Tram Road at Highway 12 and Interstate 10 without stopping, continuing onto Claiborne Street. The suspect then turned off the headlights and turned west on East Railroad Street, again reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph. The suspect “blew through” the stop sign at the intersection of East Railroad and Main St. in Vidor, deputies report. There were no vehicles on Main Street at the intersection at that time, so the reckless driver struck no cars. The deputy slowed at the intersection to ensure the safety of those vehicles that were possibly on Main Street, and lost the suspect temporarily.

Once the deputy safely cleared the intersection, he attempted to regain pursuit of the suspect. When the deputy finally caught up to the suspect vehicle, it was found on West Railroad Street near the intersection with South Tannahill Street on its side and in a ditch, apparently having flipped an unknown number of times. When the deputy approached the vehicle, no one was inside.

Other deputies and Vidor Police Department officers assisted in an attempt to locate the suspect for several hours, but the suspect was never found. Evidence was collected at the scene and deputies are working on a few leads based on that evidence.

Later, investigators discovered that the Ford Explorer the suspect was driving was reported stolen out of Harris County on June 7.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect should contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (409 883-2612.