A wild police chase that went down Memorial Drive and through downtown Houston Tuesday afternoon ended when officers used a "rolling road block" to trap the suspect on South Wayside, near I-45.
The chase started sometime after 3 p.m., when police said a Ford Explorer was stolen from a Randalls in the 1600 block of Voss.
With officers in pursuit, Gram Ley headed eastbound on Memorial Drive, passing the heavily-traveled Memorial Park area.
Police put down spikes on Memorial and blew out several of the SUV’s tires, but that didn’t stop him.
Ley took Memorial into downtown Houston and passed the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Pieces of tire were flying off the SUV as he drove on rims through downtown.
At one point, Ley pulled over, but then he put the Explorer in reverse and took off again.
The disabled suspect, who appeared to be a double-amputee, was using a crutch to drive the SUV during the chase, according to police scanners.
Once officers were able to box him in with the "rolling road block," Ley had nowhere to go.
As he neared an elementary school on South Wayside, an officer got in front of him and slowed down.
Ley paused, then rammed into the back of the patrol car. Seconds after that impact, the other officers closed in on the Explorer.
The officer from the patrol car in front jumped out, leapt across the suspect’s hood, snatched a crutch out of the driver’s side window of the SUV and started struggling with the suspect.
Other officers ran to help, and within moments, Ley was dragged out of the passenger’s side door.
He was bleeding as officers handcuffed him and was taken to a hospital to be checked out.
The owner of the SUV said he knows Ley and gave him a ride to pick up a prescription.
"I was trying to help a friend and he stole my vehicle," said Rob Baylas. "I came in here to get a couple of drinks and he’s crippled and he jumped over the seat, knocked me out of the vehicle and took off. You don't even know how to drive. He was using his crutches to drive."
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