Victoria teen leads police on car chase

Michael Henderson

A 19-year-old Victoria man was arrested early Friday morning after leading police on a 20-minute car chase through south Victoria neighborhoods.

The chase began at 3:05 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Levi Street when Victoria police attempted to stop Michael Henderson for a minor traffic violation, said Lt. Mike Hernandez, police spokesman.

Henderson failed to stop, Hernandez said, and a 20-minute car chase ensued that at one point included seven police cars.

The pursuit went through Evergreen Cemetery, 476 McCright Drive, where a headstone was overturned and a small tree uprooted, Hernandez said.

Henderson fled from his car, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, on West Brazos Street. He was chased and eventually resisted arrest before an officer used a Taser to subdue him, Hernandez said.

Sabrina Silva, who lives on West Brazos Street, was awakened by the sirens and watched the chase go around her block several times.

"I watched from the window," she said. "My daughter was a little freaked out because she just moved into the neighborhood with me."

Silva said they heard what sounded like gunshots earlier, about 1:30 a.m., and that added to her 21-year-old daughter's fear.

"We didn't know if it was a drive-by or what. Then the chase started, so we didn't know what was going on or if it was related," Silva said.

Henderson was charged with the traffic violation, evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and on a misdemeanor warrant for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Police could not confirm reports of gunshots in the neighborhood.