Man arrested after stealing vehicle, pursuit
Tuesday, March 11, at approximately 12:45 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from the Vidor Superette, at 5645 N. Main, in reference to a stolen vehicle. The caller stated that while the owner of the vehicle was inside the convenience store, a male suspect got into the truck and drove away.
When Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched the information, they located the stolen vehicle as it was fleeing the area. The marked Sheriff’s vehicles got behind the stolen truck on N. Main in Vidor and attempted to stop the driver. The suspect refused to stop and led Deputies to IH-10 westbound towards Beaumont.
The suspect continued fleeing at speeds around 100 mph. He continued on IH-10 westbound and exited at Hwy 69. He then drove at a high rate of speed until he exited onto Hwy 347. As he approached the intersection with Spurlock Road, the suspect crashed into a passenger vehicle and then side swiped the trailer of an 18 wheeler. The suspect then fled on foot where officers were able to apprehend him on Hill St., just off Hwy 347. The stolen vehicle was a 1996 Chevrolet truck.
The driver of the passenger car that was involved in the collision was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the 18 wheeler was not hurt. The suspect was not injured, but was transported to the Baptist Hospital in Orange for a medical evaluation. After being evaluated, he was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest with a vehicle, both offenses are a state jail felony.
The suspect was identified as 22 year old Cesar Olmedo of Nederland. Olmedo remains in custody in the Orange County Jail. He has not yet been arraigned and therefore has no bond at this time. The Beaumont Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the incident.