LEAGUE CITY — A driver led police on a high-speed chase that began in League City and ended on the island late Thursday night after officers used spike strips to stop the man’s car.
Jermail Dewayne Smith, 36, of Galveston was charged with evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license in connection with the pursuit, which involved several near-collisions and reached speeds up to 120 mph, League City police Sgt. David Hausam said.
The chase began when a League City officer tried to pull over a car with an obscured license plate in the 2100 block of the Gulf Freeway at about 9:30 p.m., Hausam said.
The driver fled, heading south on Interstate 45, police said. Patrol vehicles from League City and several other agencies followed the car down the highway, Hausam said.
The car went onto feeder roads alongside I-45 at least once in an apparent effort to lose the police pursuit, Hausam said.
The car ran a red light in La Marque and narrowly avoided crashing into another vehicle, Hausam said.
As the car approached the Galveston Causeway, officers saw the driver throwing packages out of the vehicle’s window, Hausam said.
The pursuit came to an end 22 miles after its start when Galveston police officers put spike strips near 61st Street and 71st Street to disable the car as it left the causeway, Hausam said.
Once the car came to a stop, Smith was arrested in the 5700 block of Broadway, Hausam said.
Officers found more than one but less than four grams of a drug, possibly cocaine, in the vehicle, he said.
Smith has previous convictions on drug charges and for driving without a license. He pleaded no contest last year to a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest, according to court records.
He remained at the Galveston County Jail on bonds totaling $260,000.