By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An Illinois man is in custody after a dangerous high speed chase on Highway 84 ending around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon just two miles east of Lubbock city limits.
DPS officials say 31-year-old Rodolfo Gavina was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder of two DPS Troopers, evading arrest, and driving under the influence of narcotics.
DPS says the 30 minute chase started in Garza County east of Post when troopers received a call about a reckless driver in a 2001 Tahoe. Gavina failed to stop when a trooper tried to pull him over initiating the high speed chase.
For half an hour Gavina traveled westbound on Highway 84 at dangerous speeds putting several lives in danger as he made his way up to the Lynn/Lubbock County lines. "A trooper attempted to place some spikes. At that time the driver of the vehicle attempted to run over the trooper," said DPS Corporal John Gonzalez.
To prevent Gavina from going through Lubbock, where more lives would be put in danger, Gonzalez says troopers fired shots at Gavina's Tahoe. The back right tire was hit forcing Gavina off the highway and over railroad tracks causing some damage to the rails.
Gonzalez says troopers were forced to break through his passenger window. "He refused to cooperate not getting out of the vehicle. Officers were having to fight with him," said Gonzalez. That's when Gonzalez says troopers had to tase Gavina while he was in the front seat.
EMS was called out to treat Gavina and transported him to UMC along with a trooper for the safety of the EMS personnel.
Gonzalez says DPS is still investigating why Gavina failed to stop or why he was driving recklessly in the first place, but he is being charged for several crimes. "He is going to be filed for several counts of attempted capital murder for two police officers, also for evading with a motor vehicle, and as well for driving under the influence. He may be under the influence of narcotics," said Gonzalez.
During the chase Gonzalez says Gavina caused damage to several bystander's vehicles when they were forced to move out of the way to avoid getting hit. If you were involved or witnessed any damage you are asked to contact DPS.
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