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June 9, 2014

Law enforcement seek info on suspect in high speed chase

VIDOR — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a person or persons involved in a high speed chase early Monday.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible burglary in progress at approximately 1:30 a.m., Monday in the 1700 block of Fox Road, which is located in the Quiet Village subdivision off State Highway 12 in Vidor. A woman told authorities her husband witnessed a person attempting to “burglarize their neighbor’s” property and was attempting to follow a vehicle leaving the scene.

A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Explorer near the intersection of FM 1132 and State Highway 12 and attempted to stop the SUV. However, the vehicle the accelerated and fled as the deputy began pursuit.

The SUV, now traveling on FM 1132, turned south onto North Tram and headed towards Vidor Junior High School as the chase reached speeds of more than 80 mph. According to information from Deputy Chief Clint Hodgkinson, the SUV continued through the red light intersection at North Tram and State Highway 12 and the stop signs at the underpass of Interstate 10 and Claiborne Street without stopping.

Pursuit continued onto Claiborne Street, where the SUV turned off its headlights, and then west onto East Railroad passing the Vidor Police Department.

The unidentified driver of the Ford Explorer “blew through the stop sign at the intersection of East Railroad and Main Street,” at speeds again surpassing 80 mph, according to Hodgkinson. Once the deputy safely crossed the intersection, he came upon the SUV on its side in a ditch near the intersection of West Railroad and South Tannahill Streets.

Reports indicate the unidentified driver of the Ford Explorer, which was later determined to have been reported stolen from Harris County on Saturday, June 7, appears to have lost control and flipped the vehicle.

The deputy searched the vehicle and immediate vicinity but was unable to find the individual involved. Law enforcement personnel with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Vidor Police Department assisted in the search through the morning hours.

The case remains under investigation. Evidence was collected at the scene of the crash and the sheriff’s office is working those leads.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612.

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