Driver Shot by Authorities During High Speed Chase, Texas Rangers Investigating

Staff Report
NewsWest 9
UPDATE: APRIL 30, 2012 
The suspect in this case has been identified as 27-year-old Justin Martinez.     

He's in the Midland County Jail on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

A bond had not been set.

BIG SPRING - A suspect is in the hospital after leading several law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase that ended in gunfire.

Now the Texas Rangers are investigating.

Big Spring Police tells NewsWest 9, the chase started in Midland.

Midland County Deputies and DPS Troopers were trying to pull a vehicle over.

We're told the suspect was driving very fast and kept crossing into oncoming traffic and back again across the median.  The suspect was also believed to be armed with a hostage.

Big Spring Officers and Howard County Deputies also joined in on the chase once the driver reached Howard County.

The vehicle finally stopped in the 3700 block of west Highway 80 in Big Spring but there was no hostage inside, just the driver.

The suspect was taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and then airlifted to Lubbock for apparent gunshot wounds after officials fired at his vehicle to get him to stop.

No one else was injured in the pursuit and the driver's name hasn't been released.

The Texas Rangers are now handling this investigation.