Civilian Takes Down Suspect After Chase on Expressway 83


POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 6:31pm

WEST PALMVIEW - A high speed chase down Expressway 83 ends in a terrible crash. Department of Public Safety said a male driving a red Mitsubishi van was fleeing from law enforcement around 1:00 p.m.

But the chase didn't last long, because Palmview Police threw down spikes, trying to stop the fleeing vehicle. But the spikes just forced the driver to loose control and crash.

"We were inside eating lunch when all of a sudden we heard the skid marks, and we look, we turn outside and we just see a bunch of dirt and a car flying over the sky," said Juan Tellez, Tellez Motor Sports.

The red van slammed into two cars parked out front of Tellez Motor Sports. The impact pushed the parked blue vehicle into a telephone pole and up onto the hood of a red truck parked next to it.

The crash didn't stop the driver from trying to flee on foot.

"I saw a guy run and I decided to take matters into my own hand, I tackled him down, sure enough cops were right behind him, I think I believe it was Texas Rangers right behind him. They took him down and took myself down as well thinking I was a part of it," said Polo Zuniga, Tellez Motor Sports Customer.

The male driver ran because he had several bundles of what police believe to be marijuana in his vehicle.

Along with tackling the suspect, Zuniga is also the owner of the smashed blue car, but he said he was happy to help bring the suspect down.

"You see something bad happen and you think you can help, then help out, why not. Ya know materials can always get replaced but lives can't," said Zuniga.

Even though materials can be replaced, the owners of Tellez Motor Sports and Zuniga want to know who will be paying for all the damage.

"The red truck has a liability because we paid cash for it. But the car, I don't know if my customer has insurance," said Tellez.

Zuniga said he asked the police if they were responsible for paying.

"Palmview P.D. says they are not liable for anything. And they are the one's that threw down the spike strips and caused him to loose control," said Zuniga.

DPS said they are still investigating the incident. At this time they are not releasing any information about the driver, only that he is in custody and was taken to McAllen Medical Center after the accident for minor injuries.

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