Chase leads to carjacking and crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/27/10

Chase leads to carjacking and crash, suspect could face attempted murder charges

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After a high speed chase that crossed county lines, a Lubbock man ends up behind bars and could be charged with attempted capital murder.

Daniel Cruz works on cars out of a storage unit on 5905 50th street, but Tuesday is a day at the office, that he will not soon forget.

"It's something you see on TV, not everyday," said Cruz.

In a couple of units down was Eric Gonzales, the sheriff's office tells us he was actually living in storage unit number 22.

"I've seen him there quite often, he would be coming in and out," said Cruz.

Sheriff's deputies have been looking for Gonzales since he was released from prison in September 2009.  He was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer.

In the last 7 months, parole officers had no idea of his whereabouts, because he was not checking in. That's why on Tuesday, deputies were hunting him down.

"In this particular case, I don't know of another circumstance where I've seen something similar to this," said Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.

Once at the storage unit, they announced to Gonzales, if he didn't open up, they were ready to break in and had a K9 unit on site.

At that time, Gonzales drove through the garage door of the unit and took off in a stolen black SUV.

"It was just like a blast, I mean like a boom, he nearly ran over the police officers," said Cruz.

The sheriff's office says that's when he drove through a field before wrecking the vehicle along the Marsha Sharp Freeway. At this point, Gonzales starting running towards the Target parking lot.

Deputies say Gonzales then carjacked a vehicle and continued the chase towards Hockley County, where he led Lubbock and Hockley County Sheriff's deputies, DPS, and Levelland Police on a high speed chase just north of Levelland.

"He got into a position where he tried to evade us by taking a too sharp of turn at too high of speed and crashed the vehicle," said Rowe.

But that wasn't the end, Gonzales then took off on foot, before deputies were able to get him down, and take him into custody.

23 year old Yvette Rubio who was with Gonzales before the carjacking was arrested Tuesday evening for active warrants.

As for Gonzales, he was taken to UMC for some cuts and bruises.

But has since been booked into the Lubbock County Jail.

He possibly faces six different charges including aggravated robbery, evading arrest, and attempted capital murder for almost running one of the deputies.  Luckily he was not injured, but Gonzales could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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