By TRACE HARRIS The Daily News 9 hrs ago 0
A disturbance led to a police chase, with three in custody
and three injured early Sunday morning in Friendswood.
Friendswood Police were called to a disturbance about 1 a.m.
Sunday in the 4900 block of FM 2351. The caller told authorities that a woman
involved in a physical altercation possibly returned with a weapon and was in a
white sedan, police said.
Officers arrived on the scene and saw the vehicle matching
the caller’s description, but after an attempt to make contact, the driver took
off, police said.
The driver took off down FM 2351 onto the Interstate 45
feeder road and eventually on to the main lanes of I-45 at a high rate of
speed, before exiting onto Highway 96, police said. As the driver was exiting,
the vehicle struck a black Ford Fusion with two occupants, causing the suspect
vehicle to roll over, landing upright near the drive through of a Jack in the
Box in League City, police said.
The three suspects fled the vehicle, with witnesses warning
police that they were armed, police said.
Mauricio Valdez, 29, of La Marque, who police allege was
driving the car, made a motion raising his weapon to fire at officers, before
tripping onto a curb, falling to the ground, and dropping his weapon, police
After a short foot pursuit, the passenger of the vehicle,
identified as Mario Valdez, 32, of La Marque, who also had a weapon in his
possession, was taken into custody, police said.
The third occupant of the vehicle, identified as Frankie
Guthrie, 35, of Houston, ran from police, but was apprehended shortly after,
The two occupants of the Ford Fusion were taken to the
hospital, with the driver released but the passenger was still being Sunday,
authorities said. The victim from the initial disturbance was taken to the
hospital with chest pain, police said.
Mauricio Valdez charged with aggravated assault against a
public servant, evading in a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and two
charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was being
held on $525,000 in bonds.
Mario Valdez was charged with felon in possession of a
firearm and evading arrest on foot, police said. He was being held on $65,000
Guthrie was charged with evading arrest on foot, police
said. She was held on $2,500 in bonds.
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