Car pursued by police crashes into Cleveland High School fence [Houston Chronicle]

By Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Nov. 06--A routine traffic stop in Liberty County sparked a police chase that ended when the car crashed into a Cleveland High School fence, officials said.

The driver, Nelson Lopez, 19, and passenger Luis Nolasco, 26, fled on foot after the crash but were taken into custody.

Liberty County sheriff's deputies stopped their car shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday along at Highway 59 and South Wayside.

Lopez did not have a driver's license or car insurance for the car. Nolasco got out of the car then quickly got back in when the deputy returned to the patrol car to run a records check, officials said.

The deputies spotted what looked like a handgun in the back of Nolasco's belt.

Lopez drove away with the deputies in pursuit. Other agencies, including Cleveland police and the Texas Department of Public Safety, joined the chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, officials said.

School officials ordered Cleveland High to be locked down because the chase was heading toward the campus.

The car crashed into a fence surrounding the school's stadium at Charles Barker Road and South Line.

Deputies searched the car and found two pistols, including one that had been stolen from Harris County, officials said.

Lopez was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle and on foot. Nolasco was charged with evading on foot. Sheriff's officials also expect charges to be filed because of the stolen pistols.

Both men are being held at the Liberty County without bail.


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