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Driver Still at Large, Hours After Police Chase Ended in Madera Ave Crash

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - One suspect remained at large Friday night, after two separate police pursuits tore through Midland and Odessa during the afternoon.

The driver wanted by Odessa Police is described as a 19-year-old Latino male, about 5'5" and 140 pounds, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage shorts.

Anybody with information is encouraged contact Odessa CrimeStoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.

"We do have him identified, but are not releasing his name at this time," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, the Odessa Police spokesman.

"We are pursuing a warrant for his arrest."

The 19-year-old was allegedly behind the wheel of the yellow Mercury Cougar that led authorities on a brief, high-speed chase through Odessa.

The pursuit ended when he crashed into the side of an Ector County Sheriff's Department vehicle on Madera Avenue and 23rd Street, exited the totaled Mercury and fled on foot.

According to Odessa Police, his three passengers - all boys aged 15 or 16 - were taken into custody.

"This pursuit started around 2 in the afternoon when officers went to conduct a follow-up investigation on a drive-by shooting that happened last night on the 2000 block of W. 6th Street," said LeSueur.

"The suspects from the drive-by shooting were actually driving by when officers arrived at the scene. They attempted to conduct a traffic stop on that yellow Mercury Cougar and it failed to stop."

Two nearby schools, Crockett Junior High and Pease Elementary, were both put on partial lock down.

According to district officials, afternoon dismissal and after-school activities continued as scheduled.

"The parents here were just terrified and shocked and mad," said P.J. Salinas, a witness who lives in the house in front of the crash site on Madera Avenue.

"This is a pretty quiet neighborhood. I've lived here for four years and nothing like this has ever happened before."

Odessa Police confirmed no bystanders were injured during the pursuit and the only vehicle hit by the Mercury Cougar was the sheriff's unit.

"We take high-speed pursuits very seriously, especially in heavy traffic and congested areas like this," said LeSueur.

"The streets can be extremely crowded, especially in the afternoon. We will stop or back off, depending on the situation and what the fleeing driver is wanted for. Public safety is our top priority."

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