Two Midland teens remained in custody Tuesday after being
arrested for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in a
Brandon Lamar Shelton and Nathan McDaniel, both 17, are each
being held on two-third degree felonies of unauthorized use of a
motor vehicle and evading arrest in a motor vehicle. The pair were
arrested early Monday morning and remained in county jail late
Tuesday on $20,000 bonds.
A Midland police officer witnessed a black Dodge truck matching
the description of a vehicle reported stolen Sunday. The officer
switched on his emergency lights and began to pursue the truck. The
truck, allegedly driven by the teens, did not stop for the officer
and began to evade the officer in a residential neighbor at speeds
in excess of 80 mph, according to the pair’s arrest reports.
The truck ran several stop signs and stop lights, continuing to
travel at a high rate of speed. The primary officer’s “vehicle
became disabled due to the speed at which (the officer) had to
travel in order to keep up with the truck,” the reports read.
The lead officer had to back off the pursuit, while other
officers began looking for the duo. Sometime shortly after the
officers lost sight of the truck, a call was made to dispatch
operators asking for an officer to check a male subject walking
with a trench coat near the area police lost contact with the
truck. The man was identified as McDaniel. Officers detained him
once they learned that the black Dodge truck was located abandoned
near the area McDaniel was walking, the reports continued.
While police were investigating the truck and looking for
evidence, McDaniel’s mother contacted an officer on the edge of the
perimeter. She then allegedly told the officer she was looking for
her son who called her needing a ride. She also told police a
friend of her son’s, Shelton, showed up at her house shortly before
she left to pick up her son. She said he was “sweating and out of
breath, asking if (McDaniel) made it home,” according to documents
filed with the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.
Detectives interviewed several witnesses who said the pair
matched the description of the driver and passenger. During an
interview at the police station, the pair allegedly told detectives
they stole the truck and led police on a high-speed chase.
If convicted of the third-degree felonies, the pair could serve
up to 10 years in prison for each felony count.
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