Suspect in Houston-area high-speed chase captured south of Beaumont
PORT ARTHUR —
A high-speed police chase which began in Houston ended just south of Beaumont after the driver ran out of gas, fled on foot and was tackled by a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy Thursday afternoon.
The suspect was identified by police as 25-year-old Mohmed Ahmed Abu-Shlieba.
Abu-Shlieba, of Houston, had two outstanding warrants and was driving a stolen Dodge Challenger. He was taken to a Jefferson County Justice of the Peace for arraignment before he was taken back to Houston.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office released the following information about the chase:
At 12:52 on 10/12/2017, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was advised of Houston Police pursuing a stolen Dodge Challenger Hellcat coming into Jefferson County.
Deputies were dispatched to IH-10 near Winnie. The suspect vehicle exited Hwy 73 headed towards Port Arthur. There was information that the suspect had a long gun and pointed it at officers during the pursuit prior to entering Jefferson County. Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston Police Department, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, and Gulf Coast Violent Fugitive Taskforce were involved in the pursuit when they entered Jefferson County where the Sheriff’s Office picked up the pursuit.
The pursuit continued east bound on Hwy 73 until the driver pulled over onto the shoulder just past Country Club Road, and bailed out on foot. It is believed that he ran out of gas. Troopers and Jefferson County Deputies began searching the area on foot. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Helicopter was requested to assist in the search.
The suspect was located on the ground by Deputies and Troopers , which was confirmed by Sheriff’s Helicopter pilots in the air. The suspect refused stop and was taken to the ground by deputies. He transported by helicopter to Hwy 73 where he was turned over to Gulf Coast Violent Fugitive Taskforce.
The suspect was identified as 25 year old, Mohamed Ahmed Abu-Shlieba of Houston. He had two outstanding warrants and was in possession of the stolen Challenger that he was driving. He was taken before Justice of the Peace Judge Chesson for arraignment and was returned to Houston.
We would like to congratulate all agencies involved on a job well done.
KTRK in Houston reported the suspect was in a stolen, white Dodge Challenger on Interstate 10, reaching speeds well over 100 mph.
Around 1 p.m., the suspect pulled over to the side of Highway 73, south of Beaumont near Port Arthur, KTRK reported.
He was tackled by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy in a wooded area.