Officers chase man in stolen truck

Aug. 8, 2010 at 3:08 a.m.

Law enforcement chased a man in a stolen truck for 25 minutes before catching him near the intersection of Lone Tree Road and Olive Street about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Robert Longoria, 65, of Victoria, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest with a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeannie Slovacek said.

All charges are felonies, she added.

Longoria was driving a Ford F-450, which Slovacek said was reported stolen a week ago.

Slovacek said she originally attempted to stop Longoria on suspicion of going 79 mph in a 60 mph zone on Farm-to-Market Road 1685.

When Slovacek turned on her sirens, Longoria rushed through stop signs and headed toward U.S. Business 59, she said.

Reaching speeds around 80 mph, Longoria led law enforcement south on U.S. Highway 77, then north on U.S. Highway 59 before taking the state Highway 185 exit and heading north on Laurent Street.

From there, Slovacek said up to 10 law enforcement vehicles, including the DPS, the Victoria Police Department, the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and a Victoria County Constable were involved in the pursuit on streets in town.

Just before he was apprehended, Longoria drove through the soccer fields by the Victoria Community Center.

Susan Jimenez, 24, who lives next to the soccer fields, said she saw the pursuit.

"I heard some noise and looked outside to see a bunch of cop cars," Jimenez said. "My mom told me someone was doing doughnuts in the soccer field across the street."

The soccer fields showed shallow tire marks, but they were still in use Sunday night.

Slovacek said the police department apprehended Longoria on Lone Tree Road after he jumped out of the truck and tried to run.

The truck rolled into a police car, but left minimal damage, Slovacek said.

No alcohol was involved in the incident, Slovaccek said.



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