At approximately 10 a.m. Sunday police tried to pull over a stolen vehicle that was involved in an armed robbery on the intersection of Airline Road and Williams Road. The driver in the vehicle sped off refusing to stop to Police and a high speed chase ensued with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
The high speed chase included speeds over 80 mph and other police units were deployed to the 6900 block of Williams Drive. The two suspects in the red SUV crashed into the Weldon A. Smith Elementary light pole located at the intersection where many children play.
The impact caused extensive damages to the stolen vehicle lifting it off the ground and up a light pole standing on one back tire. The awkward position of the wrecked vehicle caused many nearby to be on high alert in the area, including Weldon A. Smith principal Becky Raesz.
Weldon A. Smith Elementary School Principal Becky Raesz says:
I’m super thankful that it did not happen when my Roadrunners were in school!
Police set up a perimeter around the school searching for the two suspects who fled the accident scene.
Police were found the two suspects and arrested 22 year old Fransisco Espinoza and 19 year old Rodolfo Rodriguez. Both are being charged for Aggravated Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft, and Felony Evading Arrest.