BACLIFF — A slow-rolling police chase that started Friday afternoon in League City ended with the driver crashing a pickup into Galveston Bay authorities said.

Police detained the man who suffered injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening League City police Sgt. Charles Brown said.

The chase started when League City police spotted a pickup matching the description of one that left the scene of a minor accident in Webster Brown said.

”The suspect refused to stop in Webster and our units got in behind him in the 500 or 600 block of East Main Street just east of state Highway 3” Brown said. ”He went the speed limit most of the way.”

The pickup led police across state Highway 146 and on FM 646 in Bacliff which also is Grand Avenue.

Once the truck reached the end of the road it barreled through a barricade and into the bay Brown said. The truck went into the water shortly after 4 p.m.

A video taken at the scene showed police ordering the driver to put his hands in the air as officers converged on the partially submerged pickup.

An ambulance took the driver to a hospital.

”He was talking to us” Brown said noting the man’s injuries didn’t appear life threatening.

Brown didn’t immediately release the name of the driver. Police contacted the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office which was expected to authorize a charge of felony evading arrest Brown said.

A bond apparently had not been set on the charge early Friday evening.


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