High-speed Chase Suspect Has Criminal History

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A suspect, who had his toddler in the car when he led police on a high-speed chase, has been in trouble with the law multiple times before.

The suspect, 22-year-old Curtis McCoy from Bryan, had his 2-year-old son on his lap when speeding according to DPS.

McCoy was arrested, but this isn't his first time he's had trouble with the law. About 4 months ago, McCoy was arrested for assault on a family member. That charge is still pending. A few months before that, he was arrested for evading arrest. In December of 2010, he was charged with possession of marijuana.

Yesterday afternoon DPS troopers say they initiated a chase after they saw McCoy speeding on Highway 6 near the Grimes and Waller County lines. The high-speed 30-mile chase from went from Grimes to south Brazos County.

Debris littered Highway 6 and traffic was being rerouted. A DPS trooper tells us McCoy went up to speeds of more than 120 miles per hour.

Troopers say they were limited with options when they realized a toddler was in the car.

"During the chase, I had thought of ways of stopping the vehicle, but then I saw the head pop up, and at that point the options went down. The amount of options we had because I didn't want to hurt the child inside the car,” said Trooper Ken Balzekas with DPS.

A DPS trooper eventually decided to deployed spikes. McCoy tried to avoid the spikes and eventually hit a concrete barrier. His son was sitting on his lap.

No major injuries were reported.

Troopers tell us McCoy had to be restrained after the accident because he was trying to hurt himself. They are looking into him possibly having a mental illness.

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