Auto burglary suspects arrested after collision with police car

Two auto burglary suspects were admitted to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont after they led police on a chase, then crashed into a patrol car.

The officers suffered minor injuries and are recovering at home.

A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson said it started around 3:44 a.m. Tuesday in the city's West End.  Several people said their cars had been burglarized.   Witnesses said they saw the men driving a tan Hyundai Elantra.  

Officers spotted the Hyundai near the area of Hwy 105 @ Major Drive and tried to get the driver to pull over.  The driver refused, and a pursuit ensued.  

Sgt. Rob Flores said the fleeing suspects were driving at a high rate of speed with their headlights turned off as they entered a residential area.  As the suspects continued to flee, they turned onto Guess Rd. from Old Voth and struck a responding patrol unit.  

The officer driving the patrol unit was able to avoid a direct head-on collision.   
The two suspects suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth by Beaumont EMS.
Officers found stolen property inside the suspects' vehicle.  Officers also found marijuana and Kush (synthetic marijuana) inside the vehicle.  They  took several offense reports for auto burglary in the adjacent neighborhood.  In many of those burglaries, the owners had not locked their vehicles and much of the stolen property was left in plain sight inside their unsecured vehicles.  

Officer Flores said car owners should always keep their vehicles locked and remove valuables.
Upon their release, the 17-year-old Beaumont man and the 20-year-old Kountze man will be booked into jail on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, felony evading, intoxication assault, and possession of marijuana.



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