HOUSTON – The owner of a stolen vehicle later used in a police chase says he was just trying to be a good samaritan and give three teens a ride home last night.
“I was in my car on my way home. They waved at me, came up and said, ‘Can we get a ride?'” Umberto Alvarez said. “I gave a couple of boys a ride because they were a 45-minute walk away from home.”
Alvarez said he made a quick stop at the corner store, leaving both his keys and the kids inside.
“When I came out, they were gone,” Alvarez said. “You wouldn’t expect them to steal your car.”
When officials attempted to stop them they sped off down Scott Street at more than 100 miles per hour. The white car slammed into an SUV as it pulled onto Scott from Zypher Street.
There were two people inside the SUV. The three young suspects in the white car were 17, 16, and 9 years old. All passengers were taken to the hospital in severe or critical conditions.
Harris County District Attorney, Sean Teare says the driver of the stolen car suffered the least injuries of the five involved. He will face four counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and the endangerment of a child.
“If (he) had stopped when the officer initiated a traffic stop, worst case he would be facing two years in state jail, but he is now facing up to 102 years in prison,” Teare said.