Lubbock man indicted on murder charge after deadly police chase

Published: Jul. 5, 2016 at 9:40 PM CDT
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Nancy Tran. Courtesy: Covenant Health System
Nancy Tran. Courtesy: Covenant Health System

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock grand jury formally charged a man with murder after he was accused of running a red light and causing a deadly wreck while running from police.

The chase happened back on March 17.

Police were chasing 33-year-old Jonathan Lovato after attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest at the Best Value Inn at 4105 19th Street.

Officers were instructed to not let anyone leave the scene while the narcotics unit wrote a search warrant, so when Lovato tried to leave, officers tried to block him in with their vehicles. Lovato got around the vehicles and the chase began at 19th and Memphis.

Two officers and a supervisor turned on their emergency lights and sirens and began chasing Lovato down 19th Street.

Chief Stevens says a sergeant told them to attempt to collide with Lovato and end the chase as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the crash occurred before officers could do so.

Lovato ran a red light and crashed into a maroon Mustang driven by 54-year-old Dung Ngoc 'Nancy' Tran. Tran died from her injuries.

Three people suffered moderate injuries and two others suffered minor injuries.

Police say someone threw a bag of cocaine out of the vehicle during the chase, and that Lovato was carrying a "substantial amount" of methamphetamine, along with marijuana and a 9mm pistol.

Lovato has been charged with murder, evading in a vehicle, and aggravated assault.

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