Pictured: Adrian Vargas, 19, was arrested on Josephine Street after he and Mark Gonzalez were pulled over after police chased them. OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Two alleged burglars led police on chase through Alice; TV, computer found in car

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Two alleged burglars were arrested Tuesday afternoon after an extended chase beginning when police tried to pull them over after they ran a red light at Texas Boulevard and Rose Drive, police said.

"The subject ran a red light and I proceeded to stop him and it proceeded to go faster and faster," Cpl. Mario Hinojosa said.

The occupants of the 1987 Dodge Diplomat, Mark Gonzalez and Adrian Vargas, both 19, continued on to Seven Bridges on Farm-to-Market Road 3376 where the chase escalated into a pursuit, police said. The incident started at 1:10 p.m., police said. Cpl. Hinojosa reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour as he chased the individuals through Highway 359 and back onto Highway 44 heading back to Alice.

"That's when I knew something more was going on," Hinojosa said.

As he approached Atkinson Boulevard, back-up from the Jim Wells Sheriff's Department and the Department of Public Safety joined in the chase, Hinojosa said.

According to police, Gonzalez and Vargas kept going and turned north on Sunset Drive, coming to a stop on Josephine Street. Both were apprehended and arrested at the scene. Police searched the car and found a television set in the back seat and a computer and monitor along with the attachments and a locked briefcase in the trunk of the car.

A pit bull puppy was also found in the front seat of the vehicle.

The items were believed to have been taken from a residence on Hartwell Road, police said.

Police said drug paraphernalia, a smoking pipe and rolling papers were also discovered in the vehicle.

Both were taken to the Jim Wells County jail and are waiting for a magistrate this morning.

They are facing charges of burglary of a habitation and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.