Along with a first-degree felony assault of an officer charge, the man accused of starting a high-speed chase in Lake Jackson faces an additional third-degree felony, Lake Jackson Police Sgt. Carey Lankford said.

A white Ford F-150 sped through a red light and was in the wrong lane near Oak Drive shortly before 12:30 a.m. Oct. 24, Lankford said in a news release. Officers pursued the truck, being driven by John Perkins Jr., 41, they said, until it crashed near the San Luis Pass toll bridge, police said.

The crash critically injured a Jamaica Beach police officer, Galveston police said.

A woman called 911 and said she was a passenger in the truck, describing Perkins as intoxicated and suicidal, Lankford said. Perkins would not let her out of the truck as the vehicle’s speed continued to climb, Lankford said.

A Brazoria County grand jury Thursday indicted Perkins on a charge of unlawful restraint that exposed the woman to substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death, Lankford said.

First-degree felonies are punishable by up to life in prison and third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

— The Facts

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