During a high-speed chase in Lufkin, Texas, a person was ejected from a car after a 17-year-old driver led police authorities on a pursuit that reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on March 29th.
The chase began as a traffic stop for failure to stay in a single lane. The officer instructed the driver to pull over into a well-lit gas station parking lot. However, body camera footage revealed that the driver took off when the officer approached the Mustang. Despite the officer deploying spike strips to stop the vehicle, the driver continued to drive, swerving left and causing the car to roll over multiple times.
Lufkin police reported that a juvenile passenger in the car was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. Both the driver and the passenger were not wearing seat belts. Fortunately, neither person sustained serious injuries. After receiving medical clearance, the juvenile passenger was released to their parents.
The 17-year-old driver was subsequently arrested and charged with felony evading arrest with the vehicle, as well as a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released on a $2,500 bond.