Police Release DashCam of Tuesday's High-Speed Chase

Published 04/16 2014 02:23PM

Updated 04/16 2014 11:57PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Police released dashcam video Wednesday related to the high-speed chase that resulted in the arrest of Robert Andrew Ramirez, 23, of Lubbock. An officer spotted a stolen truck Tuesday afternoon and called for a marked police unit. Police say Ramirez tried to drive off rather than be pulled over.

The chase went for several miles and ended near 66th and Interstate 27 when an officer “intentionally collided” with the truck to stop the chase. The pickup truck ended up on top of the officer’s squad car.

The dashcam video shows the driver of the truck continuing to drive even after the front right tire had been flattened. Ramirez faces several felony charges which include evading with a motor vehicle.

"So unpredictable and it can really get out of hand quickly," Sergeant Jason Lewis with Lubbock Police said.

Tuesday's chase had officers unsure of what was coming next, especially as the driver continued after losing one of his tires.

"No, it's not safe, and it obviously is very difficult to control especially at high speeds and you can see that when that driver starts to, is all over the road he drives over medians and is just very," Sergeant Lewis said about the driver continuing to drive with just three wheels.

"Only so much we can do to let them know what's going on," Captain Roy Bassett with Lubbock Police said.

At one point, some police cars were called off of the chase because of safety concerns. Then, officers tried to do what they could to alert drivers, as well as keep themselves, and other drivers on the road at the time, safe.

"It was clear he wasn't going to stop and he was endangering the lives of those around him, I heard at one point on the radio, we're going to have to get in front of him, to try to warn the other drivers," Captain Bassett said.

"It becomes very difficult because it's not like it's going to be the same thing over and over, you don't know where the person's going, you just don't have any idea what their next move is going to be and so it makes it difficult," Sergeant Lewis said.

Sergeant Lewis also said officers are trained and keep up to date on all the policies and techniques they can use in chases, and he also said those officers who take the lead in the chase situations often have to make very quick decisions about maneuvers as well as when to call off or continue a search.

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