Man leading police on pursuit, arrested

Published 10:57 am Monday, November 27, 2017


On Sunday, November 26, 2017, at approximately 09:15 am, the Vidor Police Dispatch Center received notification that the Louisiana State Patrol was in pursuit of a Black Acura bearing North Carolina License Plates at speeds in excess of 100 MPH West bound on IH-10. As the pursuit neared the Vidor City Limits, additional information was received that the vehicle was attempting to run vehicles off the road. The Vidor Police Department continued to monitor the pursuit as they set up to deploy “Stop Sticks” to deflate the vehicles’ tire. Officers were able to deploy the Stop Sticks causing the front driver’s tire to deflate.  The vehicle came to a stop on the 855B Off Ramp. The driver exited his vehicle and attempted to steal a second vehicle from a motorist. The driver of the second vehicle was armed and held Mr. Gomez at gunpoint as officers arrived. At this time officers from the Vidor Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety deployed Tazers. The suspect ripped the first set of prongs out and was attempting to fight officers. Suspect was finally subdued and placed into cuffs. While sitting on the ground awaiting EMS to check suspect, the suspect got on his feet and took off running. Suspect was captured a second time. Suspect is identified as follows:


Suspect:           Diego Gomez                                     Hometown: Monroe, NC                               Age: 22 years of age

Charges:          1)Evading Arrest / Detention in a motor Vehicle                            2)Aggravated Kidnapping


Mr. Gomez is currently in custody at the Orange County Correctional Facility awaiting a bond hearing. Louisiana is in the process of getting charges filed on Mr. Gomez for fleeing and traffic violations.