Chase Ends at Houston Mall

A police chase is over at a Houston mall after a driver led police on a chase for more than an hour.

Houston police began pursuit of a white Dodge Caravan at about 1:10 p.m. on Wilcrest Drive at Beechnut Street.

After speeding through several side streets and parking lots, the driver got onto the Southwest Freeway and headed southbound.

He traveled through Sugar Land and Richmond, when he exited the freeway near Grand Parkway.

The driver then drove on several side streets, making a U-turn until he drove over a grassy median to get back on the northbound Southwest Freeway, speeding past other vehicles.

The chase moved to the northbound lanes of Beltway 8, with several HPD patrol cars in pursuit.

The Houston Police Department's helicopter tracked the minivan from above.

The driver weaved in and out of traffic, as well as driving on the shoulder lane, as it moved into north Harris County.

He went the wrong way down an entrance ramp to exit the Beltway, narrowly missing several vehicles. At the bottom of the entrance ramp, the driver turned the minivan around to travel in the right direction on the feeder road.

He jumped a curb and drove through a parking lot to avoid a red light at an intersection.

At Ella Boulevard, he got back onto the Beltway for a short while and got off on the feeder and headed north on Imperial Valley.

For a while, he drove in circles in the Greenspoint area, jumping curbs and driving through grass to avoid arrest.

He almost hit a Houston Fire Department ladder truck on a side street. He clipped the front of a Houston police car as he U-turned around an intersection.

An hour into the chase, the driver pulled into a covered parking garage and drove up the parking ramps.

Police blocked the exits in an effort to apprehend him.

The reason the chase began is not yet known.

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