Update: High speed chase leaves one dead
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:25:14 GMT —
Police from Tulia and Canyon along with the DPS were involved in a high speed chase that ended with the death of the suspect.
The suspect reportedly was trying to evade arrest in Tulia when the chase began.
Isreal Leija Junior was being served with a probation violation, when he allegedly took off in his car heading toward Amarillo.
Speeds reportedly hit over 100 miles an hour as he raced north on the e-way, and we have the exclusive recorded warnings going out from the dispatchers.
(Voice of Dispatcher) "he will be in a Grand Am near the Swisher/Randall county line. The Occupant says he is armed and will use it."
Spike strips were set out at a couple of locations and there was scanner traffic regarding using a rifle to shoot the car as it passed by Cemetery Road.
(Voice of Unknown Officer)-"I fired 5 rounds at the vehicle with the rifle."
" W e have shots fired and shortly thereafter, there was a traffic crash and we do have one deceased suspect, " according to DPS Public Information Officer Gabriel Medrano. He also says the investigation will be handled by the Texas Rangers.
Tune in to Pronews 7 at 6 and 10 to hear the exclusive recording between the dispatcher and DPS.
Pronews 7 has learned new information on the high-speed pursuit down I-27 Tuesday night.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the Tulia Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Israel Leija Jr., for a probation violation. Leija evaded arrest, officers with the Tulia Police Department began the high-speed pursuit. As Leija approached the Canyon city limits, the Canyon PD and troopers with the DPS set up a road block at I-27 and Cemetery Road, spikes were deployed on the roadway and troopers opened fire. Lejia continued through the roadblock, crossed the intersection, veered into the center median and rolled his car over. Leija was partially ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate the incident. Authorities believe Leija might have been drinking alcohol before the pursuit. Officials say the Trooper involved in the shooting will be on leave for an undetermined time.