Two arrested after chase and search near Slaton Airport


LUBBOCK, Texas — Officers arrested a man and a woman after a chase Thursday morning east of Lubbock. It started as a vehicle chase at about 7:40 a.m. and then became a search on foot. The final location was just west of the Slaton Airport.

A photojournalist at the scene was able to get video of the search and arrests. Names and other details have not yet been released by officials.

Once the vehicle chase ended, officers took a woman into custody immediately. The man ran off and was later found after officers launched a drone to help them search nearby cotton fields.

Lubbock Police provided the following update at about 10:45 a.m.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at 7:37 a.m. at S. Loop 289/Ash Ave. The suspect fled in his vehicle from the stop, and the officers pursued the vehicle. The pursuit led out into the county, eventually coming to Slaton Highway and 1585. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a field. The suspect was located by LPD and taken into custody, as well as the passenger in the vehicle being taken into custody.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

SPECIAL NOTE: An earlier version of this story had video depicting a plane from the nearby airport searching overhead. EverthingLubbock was able to find the pilot after-the-fact who said by the time the plane was up in the air, officers already spotted the male suspect. We updated the video.

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