Law Enforcement Pursuit Over; Stabbing Suspect Arrested
POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 8:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:42pm
EL PASO - The suspect of a stabbing led several El Paso law enforcement agencies on a chase through Northeast El Paso this evening, and it was all caught on tape.
It all started around 5:30 p.m., when El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a family dispute call.
When they arrived, they found a 33-year-old woman stabbed several times. The suspect allegedly took off, leading deputies on a chase that would last over a half hour.
Nearly every local agency, from the El Paso County Sheriff's office, to Parks and Recreation, was involved in tonight's high-speed chase, said El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Jesse Tovar.
Starting on Montana, the suspect drove for miles on Loop 375 North. He got off the Loop at Transmountain, then from there, it was on to U.S. 54 South, said Tovar.
We captured images of the chase from TXDot Cameras near Fred Wilson. You can see the red Ford pickup weaving all over the road, even bumping into the median before whizzing by the camera.
A short while later the chase ended, after officers laid down spikes on the road on Spur 601, said Tovar.
The driver was cornered and tased the second he got out of the pickup. It was then that officers say they saw his wounds.
He is being treated at a local hospital.
Tovar says the situation could have been far worse.
"It was during the peak of rush-hour traffic, there was a lot of commuters, a lot of traffic in the area. It got pretty dangerous when he was weaving in and out of traffic through US-54," Tovar said.
Good communication between officers is being credited with helping bring the suspect to a stop.
We're also told the 33-year-old female stabbing victim is expected to live, and is being treated at Del Sol Hospital.
The driver is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest with a vehicle.