2 arrested after high-speed chase
Two Victoria men are in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon.
A Victoria police officer attempted to make a traffic stop about 3 p.m. near the Laurent Street and Airline Road intersection, said Sgt. Eline Moya, spokeswoman for the Victoria Police Department.
The maroon 2013 Toyota Avalon appeared to be stolen because of its mismatching license plates, she said.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene toward U.S. Highway 59 and led police on a 25- to 30-mile chase, spanning two counties and exceeding speeds of 100 mph, officials said. The chase lasted 20 minutes.
The vehicle was stopped in Edna after the Edna Police Department put down a spike strip.
The vehicle came to rest by railroad tracks near Colorado and Houston streets in Edna, said Edna Police Capt. Bruce McConathy.
The driver, Desmond Williams, 21, of Victoria, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest in a vehicle, evading arrest by foot, possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, aggravated assault on a peace officer, unlawfully carrying a weapon, felon possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence, said Moya. Williams also had warrants in Edna, Victoria County and Fort Bend.
Moya said the passenger, Percy Frazier, 54, of Victoria, was arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence, felon possession of a firearm, unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
Moya was unable to confirm whether any injuries occurred during the chase but said the charge of assault on a peace officer stemmed from the driver's vehicle attempting to strike an officer's car during the pursuit.
Further details about the incident were unavailable Tuesday evening because the case is under investigation. Neither man had been officially booked at the Victoria County Jail by 9:25 p.m.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Edna Police Department assisted with the pursuit and arrest.