Man led police on low-speed chase

May 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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HOUSTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Houston police said they arrested an intoxicated man accused of leading officers on a low-speed chase and attempting to run over an officer.

Police said Andres Martinez, 24, led police on a 20-minute low-speed chase Sunday morning on the Gulf Freeway and swerved his car in an alleged attempt to hit an officer who was laying down a spike strip in the road, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported Monday.

The officer jumped out of the way of the vehicle and was not harmed, police said.

Martinez allegedly told officers after his arrest he was not trying to strike the officer and his car swerved because he was trying to roll a joint while calling his "peeps" to tell them about his impending arrest.

Martinez appeared in court Monday on charges of evading arrest and attempted intoxication assault. Prosecutors had sought an attempted murder charge, but the judge said there was not enough probable cause to support the count.

Bond was set at $30,000.

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