High Speed Chase Starts in Burton, Spans Four Counties

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A nearly 100-mile, high-speed chase through four counties ends in a SWAT standoff near Pflugerville and a Houston man behind bars.

According to KEYETV News, Cole Flores, 26, sped off after an officer pulled him over in the Washington County town of Burton on U.S. Highway 290.

Lt. Bryce Miller of Travis County Sheriff's Office tells said it all started when a Burton police officer pulled over Flores in Burton.

During that traffic stop, Lt. Miller says Flores sped off, the officer chased him, with help from other agencies, all the way to a gas station parking lot at I-35 and Grand Avenue Parkway. Lt. Miller says the driver stopped on his own around 10 p.m., parked between the pumps, and sat in his car with SWAT surrounding it. Authorities eventually took the driver into custody around midnight.

Throughout the standoff, they blocked off nearby streets and said they took the right steps.

"We won't get involved in a chase like this unless our assistance is requested, and obviously when he pulled over in his car and barricaded himself in our county, our assistance was requested," said Lt. Miller. "(The) few patrons in the store, we asked them to stay put until we got Mr. Flores into custody."

Lt. Miller says Flores had no warrants, no weapons, no drugs, and no signs of intoxication, so he doesn't know why he allegedly took off, or why the Burton PD officer pulled him over.