Crash Alert: Police chase of wrong-way U-Haul ends in crash

HOUSTON, TX – Police have apprehended a man and a woman who led them on a 30-mile, wrong-way chase across US 59 before crashing into a concrete barrier early Monday morning, ABC 13 reports.

The pursuit began at 1:34 a.m. near the intersection of Avenue L and Tobola Street in Rosenberg, when officers noticed a U-Haul van that had been reported as stolen. They attempted a traffic stop, but the truck’s driver sped onto US 59 instead, heading northeast against traffic.

Police eventually caught up to the vehicle a half hour later, when it slammed into a barrier near 59’s interchange with the 610 Loop. A passenger, identified as Jessica Yanez, became trapped in the truck, while the driver attempted to flee on foot. He stumbled as he ran, which allowed officers to catch and arrest him.

The driver has been identified as Armando Lerma.

Yanez was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Authorities believe she and Lerma were both intoxicated with narcotics at the time of the chase.

Charges will be filed in the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office soon.

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