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Deputies arrest two after Friday night chase
by Gary Kent
Jun 21, 2012 | 1363 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Two Beeville men landed in jail early Saturday after being arrested at gunpoint in front of a house on West Milam Street by deputies.

According to a report filed by Deputy Rick Villarreal of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, he was parked at FM 673 and FM 351 just before midnight Friday when he saw two cars racing into town.

Villarreal immediately began to pursue the vehicles. He described one as a white Ford Mustang and the other as a maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Although the Mitsubishi managed to escape, Villarreal pulled up beside the Mustang and ordered the driver to stop.

But the pursuit continued with the vehicle breaking 100 mph.

The vehicle then turned onto Minnesota Street and then onto West Milam before coming to a stop at a home in the 900 block of that street.

Villarreal reported that both occupants then bailed out of the vehicle and ran towards a house.

They did not make it.

Villarreal stopped them at gunpoint and ordered them to get on the ground.

Deputy Andy Poynter and State Trooper Aaron Frazier assisted in arresting the two men.

Villarreal said officers found an open, 18-pack of beer in the vehicle and they also noticed the odor of beer inside the car.

The men were taken to the Bee County Jail, where they were booked accused of evading arrest.

The driver, 23-year-old Joshua Julian Flores, was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

That charge is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine, if convicted.

The passenger, 24-year-old Joe Lewis Garza, was charged with a misdemeanor, evading arrest. If convicted, that suspect could spend time in the county jail and pay a fine.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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