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Suspect throws meat at Texas police in high steaks chase

By Ben Hooper
Suspect throws meat at Texas police in high steaks chase
A suspected steak thief in Texas allegedly threw meat out of the window of his vehicle while fleeing police. Screenshot: KLTV

LONGVIEW, Texas, April 21 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said a man accused of stealing steaks from Walmart led officers on a high-speed chase and struck a police car with meat tossed from his window.

Authorities said the suspect stole an undisclosed number of steaks from the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Longview just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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The ensuing police chase reached speeds exceeding 100 mph and crossed two counties before the man was apprehended by Upshur County sheriff's deputies and East Mountain police.

East Mountain police Sgt. Marc Nichols said the suspect attempted to get rid of some of the pilfered meats while fleeing police.

"It appears that there's steaks and meats of some sort flying out the windows, and one of them bounced off my patrol car. That's not something you think of people stealing, especially running from the police in the process. Today was a new one," Nichols told KLTV.

Nichols said the suspect surrendered after stopping on Highway 271 in the Union Grove area.

Investigators said the suspect, whose name was not released, is believed to be a heroin user.

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