Beeville Police Department Chief Joe Treviño said the incident started at 9:46 p.m. Sunday when Patrolman Josh Meakins tried to stop a red Chevrolet Tahoe on South Washington Street.
Treviño said the officer noticed that the vehicle had some defective equipment on it.
But the driver stepped on the gas instead of stopping and started speeding through the southeast part of town.
As other officers joined in the chase, the fleeing motorist led Meakins on a wild chase on South Jefferson Street, along East Dolan Street and onto South Tyler Street to Reagan Road.
Then the driver took off on FM 351 toward the Bee County Exposition Center and signaled like he was going to turn into the Blueberry Hills Subdivision before heading toward FM 673.
From there the fleeing suspect led officers on a trip near downtown Beeville before slowing down at FM 351 and North Madison Street.
By that time, deputies from the Bee County Sheriff’s Office had joined in the pursuit.
But the fleeing motorist was able to make it back to the west end of the city where he turned onto Lehman Road.
At that point, the driver collided with BPD Sgt. Ryan Treviño’s vehicle. From there, he fled west on Lehman Road with units in hot pursuit. Then the suspect’s Tahoe spun out and collided with a patrol car driven by BPD Patrolman Cecil Daniels.
From there, the suspect managed to get away again until he drove into an empty lot near the Camacho Recycling facility on West Corpus Christi Street.
At that point the driver bailed from his vehicle and led police on a foot chase.
Officers later released BPD and Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect until about 10:35 p.m. when he was spotted in a vehicle leaving the area where he had last been seen.
Treviño said police stopped the vehicle and arrested Eduvige Perez. He was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, evading arrest on foot and driving while intoxicated.
The chief said evading arrest with a motor vehicle is a state jail felony and, if convicted of that offense, Perez could be sentenced to up to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.
The evading on foot and the DWI charges are Class A misdemeanors. If convicted, Perez could face a year in the Bee County Jail and fined $4,000.
But the aggravated assault on a public servant is the charge Perez should most fear. Treviño said that is a second degree felony, punishable by 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
However, if the Bee County Grand Jury decides that the vehicle the defendant was driving was a deadly weapon, that charge could be elevated to a first degree felony.
A conviction on that charge could result in a 99-year to life prison term and a $10,000 fine.
Perez was being held on bonds totaling $77,000.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.