Auto Burglary Suspect Arrested After Dangerous Car Chase

A man wanted for stealing some expensive Yeti coolers led police on a major chase Wednesday afternoon, crashing his vehicle into a police cruiser before taking off on foot.

The suspected burglar was finally caught in the 500 block of Clifford, off Staples and Ayers, after jumping a fence into someone's backyard.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns was there when the suspect was arrested, and went Live from the Peoples Street T-Heads where the chase began.

The situation actually began about three days ago, when the suspect began selling a large amount of items to a local pawn shop. Police began watching the suspect, and on Wednesday, they observed him loitering on the T-Heads near a local restaurant.

While watching the suspect, officers observed him stealing another Yeti cooler. That's when they ordered him to stop, and the chase began.

The suspect led police on a pursuit to Tancahua Street, Staples and then Morgan, where the suspect crashed into a Corpus Christi Police Department sport utility vehicle. Officers said he ended up crashing through a fence behind a business in the 500 block of Clifford Street following that accident.

Staff members of a neighboring doctors office were shocked by the noise.

"We heard a loud boom, so we all came to the front and we just saw the cop cars coming and we were surrounded, and we didn't really know what was going on," Cindy Chola said. "So we kind of just snuck around and saw the guy had crashed through the fence next door."

"He will be charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer because he did try to run over a couple of my officers when he took off," said Captain Hollis Bowers of the CCPD Criminal Investigations Division. "He will also be charged with evading, and the theft that the officers witnessed."

The suspect has been identified only as a 21-year old Corpus Christi resident with a lengthy criminal record.

Police said the officer who was involved in the crash was uninjured, but was checked out at a local hospital as a precaution.


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