A high speed chase through the streets of Lubbock ended when the pick-up truck being pursued by DPS troopers crashed at 82nd and Quaker. The driver, 26-year-old David Barraza Jr., jumped out of the truck and ran in to the nearby Cattle Baron restaurant.
The 15-minute chase started shortly before 3 p.m. on Highway 87 when a DPS trooper tried to stop Barraza for a traffic violation. Barraza then sped off and turned onto Woodrow Road. DPS Trooper John Gonzalez says two men jumped out of the pick-up near Lubbock-Cooper High School.
Lubbock-Cooper ISD was put on immediate lockdown but it was lifted five minutes later when campus police officers arrested the two men.
In the meantime, officers chased Barraza onto Slide Road and then east onto 82nd Street. Moments later Barraza crashed into two SUVs at the intersection of Quaker and 82nd.
Gonzalez says Barraza then ran into Cattle Baron at the corner of the intersection. Lubbock Swat Team members evacuated the restaurant and were able to quickly arrest Barraza.
Eye witnesses ran to help the two people in the SUVs and they found a pistol on the ground near the accident. Gonzalez says the gun fell out of Barraza's truck when he jumped out to run away. Gonzalez also says Barraza fired the gun inside the truck at some point during the accident.
The two other suspects arrested near Lubbock-Cooper ISD where brought to the crash scene but released shortly after without charges.
One woman in the accident was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. No one else was injured.
Barraza now faces charges of evading arrest, possession of firearm, failure to stop and render aid, credit/debit card abuse, resisting arrest and driving with invalid license.
It is still unknown why Barraza ran from troopers during the traffic stop.
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