2 arrested in Medina County chase

Suspects fled from U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter, csmith@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 20 2013 10:42:12 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2013 10:37:47 PM CST
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HONDO, Texas -

Two Alabama residents were arrested Wednesday after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a 60 mile high-speed chase from Uvalde to Hondo.

Texas State Troopers said Brian White,25, and Kayla Smith,22, of Tuscaloosa fled in a Ford Explorer when border patrol agents tried to search the car at a Uvalde County checkpoint.

The pair drove east on Highway 90.

Troopers said the driver used his car as a battering ram and hit at least one Medina County Sheriff’s vehicle.

"The vehicle was acting erratically trying to hit them with his vehicle, using it as a tool to hopefully escape,” said State Trooper Noe Fernandez.

Troopers laid out spike strips on three different occasions, but they were unable to stop the vehicle.

The SUV crossed the median to the westbound lanes of Highway 90 in an attempt to elude law enforcement.

Troopers opened fire and shot out the vehicles rear tires.

Fernandez said there is no protocol dictating when troopers can open fire.

“When we have an individual who is using their vehicle as a tool, deadly force is justified,” he said.

The chase ended after a Medina County Sheriff’s deputy ran the vehicle off the road.

No one was injured.

"In a pursuit like this, where you're travelling at high speeds, for both the violator and the officers it's very dangerous,” Fernandez said. "This pursuit went on for 60 miles and we're lucky no one was seriously injured or hurt."

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Published On: Feb 21 2013 08:07:35 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 08:08:45 AM CST

Two Alabama residents were arrested Wednesday after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a 60 mile high-speed chase from Uvalde to Hondo.

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