LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Early Monday morning was busy for Lubbock police. Officers responded to two separate police chases that ended in suspects crashing.
The first chase ended in a crash just before 2:30 a.m. at 98th and Quaker.
An LPD officer saw a disturbance in the parking lot of the EZ Mart at 73rd and Quaker. The officer tried to make contact with the driver and passenger in the vehicle. The driver quickly drove off and the officer followed.
The suspect vehicle drove into a ditch on the southeast corner of 98th and University. The passenger stayed in the vehicle and the driver ran off. The passenger had minor injuries.
The passenger has not been identified at this time and the driver has not been found.
That crash is still under investigation.
About the same time, another chase ended in a crash at the intersection of North Ash Avenue and East Tulane Street.
Lubbock Police Officers found a stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Oak Avenue, but the vehicle drove off. During the pursuit, the vehicle went westbound in the 900 block of E. Erskine Street and lost control of the vehicle while turning northbound in the 600 block of N. Ivory Avenue. The suspect vehicle crashed into a residence in the 800 block of E. Erskine Street.
The vehicle sped off and went northbound in the 2000 block of N. Ash Avenue and turned eastbound onto the 100 block of E. Tulane Street when the driver, 46-year-old Christopher Rodriguez, lost control and crashed into a gas meter and a telephone pole in the east alley of the 2000 block of N. Ash Avenue.
Rodriquez was arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center where he has been booked and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. No bond has been set.
The Major Crash investigation is ongoing.