VIDEO: Chase suspect dances on the freeway in front of police

ByCourtney Fischer via KTRK logo
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Chase suspect takes orders from police as an opportunity to bust a move on the freeway.

HOUSTON -- A 25-year-old man took police orders as an opportunity to "bust a move" in the middle of the a Texas freeway Thursday morning.

Police initially stopped the man for a traffic violation in the 7400 block of Homestead in northeast Houston. While talking to an officer, police say the man drove off.

Investigators caught up with him, but he refused to pull over.

Authorities ahead of the suspect threw down spike strips. The driver pulled over before hitting them along I-45 at the South Loop.

That's when things got interesting.

The driver refused to get out of the car. Officers used a loudspeaker to shout instructions at him. One officer pointed a gun at him. The suspect appeared to be confused.

He eventually got out and started dancing, but he still did not get on the ground per police orders.

"At one point, he backed up like he was going to run from the scene, potentially endangering officers by running across the freeway. At that point, we deployed our K-9 to safely take him into custody," said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department.

The suspect will be charged with felony evading.

Investigators also said the suspect threw something from the vehicle during the pursuit. They are still working to find what it was.

The driver was evaluated by paramedics after his encounter with the K-9 officer but suffered only minor injuries.