BAYOU VISTA — Police scoured the street and the downstairs of houses in this canal-front community overnight Wednesday after a pair of men wanted for leading an officer on a short high-speed chase and were able to hide out in a house until arrested Wednesday morning police said.

About 2 a.m. Bayou Vista officer Richard Hill was attempting a traffic stop when the men in the car being pulled over raced down Marlin Drive. When the men reached the end of the street that dead ends into the water they took off on foot Bayou Vista police Chief Paul Odin said.

Hill called for backup from Tiki Island police and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. A K-9 officer also came out but was unable to keep a hold of the sent of the suspects.

Odin said a perimeter was set up to keep the evading suspects contained on the block which is surrounded on the north south and west sides by water. The city also has limited ways in and out of town.

Police searched house by house up and down the street checking in the downstairs rooms and garages that were not secured.

Odin said a cellphone left behind by one of the suspects lead police to a house in the 800 block of Marlin but the homeowner refused to let police come in and search.

Police staked out the house and when two men matching the descriptions of the suspects were seen leaving the house they were pulled over and arrested.

Garrick Marcel Howard 22 of Houston was charged with felony evading arrest with a motor vehicle and failure to identify. He was booked in the Galveston County Jail on bonds totaling $6000.

The passenger in the car whose name and bonds were not available was charged with misdemeanor evading arrest and marijuana possession Odin said.

The homeowner of the house where the two men were staying also might face charges Odin said. He said the department would ask the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office to seek charges of harboring a fugitive against the homeowner.


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