LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On Wednesday, the Lufkin Police Department released the dash cam video from the 13-minute chase through the town Tuesday night. During the chase, the driver allegedly threw items out of his window.
Abel Lopez, 35, of Burke, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony evading detention with a vehicle charge, a felony parole violation for carrying a prohibited weapon charge, and four misdemeanors - possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver's license, and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Collectively, his bond amount for the charges was set at $24,000.
According to a press release, an LPD officer stopped Lopez's black Ford SUV on Atkinson Drive near Myrtie Street because it had no visible tail lights near 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lopez allegedly refused to stop and continued on to Paul Avenue before he headed north on Loop 287 with the officer in pursuit.
"Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman managed to spike Lopez's tires near the intersection of Loop 287 and Sayers Street, bringing the pursuit to a slow roll," the press release stated. "Lopez then bailed out in front of the Dairy Queen near the intersection of State highway 94 west. Officers ran him down and he was taken into custody behind a home in the 200 block of Berry Road moments later."
Selman said when criminals cars are spiked they try to flea the scene.
"They know they can;t get away and they start looking for a place to stop and get away, but in this case the driver was not successful," said Selman.
The chase lasted about 13 minutes, and there was a brief period when Lopez accelerated to a speed of more than 80 mph, the press release stated. However, his average speed was around 65 mph before his tires were spiked. After his tires were spiked, Lopez traveled at about 30 mph for the last few mikes.
"During the chase, the officer noted that Lopez threw items out of his vehicle window," the press release stated. "Officers later recovered a cigarette box containing three baggies of cocaine. They also found a backpack inside Lopez's vehicle that contained a scale, drug pipe, unused baggies and prescription drugs that were not his.
According to the press release, a woman who was in the vehicle with Lopez during the chase was released after she was found to have no active warrants.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, and Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman assisted in the chase, the press release stated.