High speed chase ends with crash, gunshots on 82nd Street - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

High speed chase ends with crash, gunshots on 82nd Street

Thomas Mendez, 26 (Provided by Lubbock County Detention Center) Thomas Mendez, 26 (Provided by Lubbock County Detention Center)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A high speed chase ended with gunshots and a crash Saturday night after police shot out the tires of a Levelland man's car. DPS troopers describe the measure as a "last resort."

Troopers say 26-year-old Thomas Mendez was driving up to 100 miles-per-hour off Quail Road in Hockley County.

That's when the 21-minute pursuit began.

DPS attempted to pull Mendez over, but he continued driving east on County Road 15-85 into Wolfforth.

Authorities deployed spikes but Mendez had already changed directions.

DPS fired shots into the tires of his 1999 GMC Yukon as he was heading east on 82nd Street. The Yukon spun out of control and eventually crashed at 82nd and Upland.

Troopers say they shot at the tires once the vehicle had slowed to around 50 to 60 miles per hour. They describe this as a last resort before the vehicle got too close to a populated area.

Mendez was taken to UMC and treated for minor injuries.

Authorities are trying to determine if Mendez was under the influence.

Seven DPS units dispatched for this incident. Lubbock fire units were on standby at Citizens Bank in case the car caught fire.

As of Sunday night, Mendez is out of UMC and in the Lubbock County Detention Center, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Evading Arrest.

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