Police Chase Ends in Lubbock Cemetery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/09

Police Chase Ends in Lubbock Cemetery

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What is normally a peaceful place of rest became the staging groung for three arrests just before noon Thursday. 

A late morning car chase sent Lubbock Police to the city cemetery. Officers responded to a call that shots had been fired from a white Pontiac near East 50th and Olive around 11:45 a.m. They spotted a vehicle that matched the description and pulled them over in the 4200 block of MLK.

The three men in the vehicle fled the scene but before leaving the driver attempted to ram the officer's car. That's when the chase started. It lasted around five minutes when the driver 20-year-old Joseph Cephus ran into a street sign just inside the gates of the cemetery. "Once it ended here in the cemetery the driver bailed out of the vehicle and ran to the east and the south and was subsequently apprehended and placed under arrest," said Sgt. Jim Curtis of the Lubbock Police Department.

Officers say Cephys is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated assault and aggravated assault of a police officer. The two passengers in the car are also charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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