Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts was arrested on felony evading charges Thursday after leading police on a brief chase through southwest Houston, authorities said.
Officers had set up a traffic sting at the intersection of Kirby and West Bellfort after receiving complaints from citizens that drivers were making illegal turns in the area, said Johanna Abad, spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department.
At about 5 p.m., an officer saw Pitts make an illegal turn in his 2002 BMW, flagged him over and told him why he was being stopped, Abad said.
“The officer then walks off for a few minutes to finish issuing a citation to another vehicle and observes Pitts leave,” she said.
The officer and a supervisor jumped into their patrol cars to pursue Pitts with their emergency lights and sirens blaring, Abad said. They stopped Pitts less than a mile away in the 1700 block of West Bellfort, she said.
The officers then contacted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which accepted felony evading charges against Pitts, Abad said.
Pitts was taken to the city jail at 61 Riesner in downtown Houston, where he remained late Thursday.
“We are aware of the incident. We are in the process of gathering all the pertinent facts of the case,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said.
Pitts is a starting left guard for the Texans. He was a second round National Football League draft pick out of San Diego State in 2002. He has never missed a game in franchise history.
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