2-county pursuit ends in arrest

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Jan. 11, 2018 at 9:12 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 9:20 p.m.

A two-vehicle wreck sent a Victoria woman to the hospital.

A two-vehicle wreck sent a Victoria woman to the hospital.   MCT GRAPHIC for The Victoria Advocate

Troopers and deputies pursued a stolen vehicle for about 40 minutes through two counties before they were able to arrest the driver early Thursday morning.

The pursuit began on SH 35 in Matagorda County about midnight and ended on the feeder road of U.S. 59 in Edna after Department of Public Safety troopers deployed spike strips, said Stephen Woodard, DPS spokesman.

After the spike strips were deployed, the driver, Noah Rafei, 19, of Port Lavaca, crashed the 2004 Chevrolet pickup, Woodard said. Rafei took his mother's vehicle without permission. She called law enforcement, which resulted in the pursuit, said Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback. No injuries were reported, Woodard said.

Rafei was arrested and charged with evading arrest with a vehicle.

As of Thursday evening, he remained in the Matagorda County jail in Bay City. A $2,500 bond was set. The Matagorda County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Sheriff's Office assisted during the pursuit.


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