Two 40-year-old men were arrested in Galveston early Friday morning after leading police on a chase through city streets.

At 12:48 a.m. Friday, police tried to stop a Chevy Tahoe in the 5300 block of Broadway, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Daily News. 

The SUV initially pulled in a gas station, but then continued moving, according to the affidavit. A chase began, moving from Broadway to Seawall Boulevard to Stewart Road.

Eventually, the SUV reached Airway Lane, off 99th Street on the island's West End, according to the affidavit. The SUV drove into an open field and police officers set up a perimeter.

A police dog and a Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to help search for the people in the SUV, according to the affidavit.

At 2:11 a.m., police found the men lying down "on the water's edge in some brush," according to the affidavit. 

Each man accused the other of being the driver of the SUV, according to the affidavit. One of the men then told police he had swallowed cocaine. He was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment.

Brandon Bennett, 40, was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest. He was held on $60,000 bond and was still in custody at the Galveston County jail on Friday afternoon, according to jail records.

Beni Ray Vasquez, 40, was charged with misdemeanor evading arrest, according to jail records. His bond was set at $2,500. He was no longer in custody at the jail on Friday afternoon.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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