A police chase Wednesday ended with a 17-year-old man in custody.

The incident began when an officer was flagged down in the 500 block of U.S. Highway 77 and informed by a witness that a red Dodge pickup heading west on East University had just struck a vehicle in the 1200 block of Ferris and fled the scene.

The officer located the pickup and attempted to make a traffic stop; however, the pickup fled, traveling down numerous residential streets.

According to the report, the chase went from East University to north on Tulane and then right on Stanford.

“(The suspect) then turned north on Hanover, where he ran the stop sign and continued west on Queens, where he ran another stop sign,” detective Sgt. Todd Woodruff said. “He then went north on Tulane, failing to stop again at a stop sign. He turned on McMurray, where he came to a stop in the 700 block.”

At that point, the pickup’s driver exited the vehicle and took off on foot, Woodruff said, noting the man jumped a gate into the back yard of a residence with the officer in pursuit. The suspect jumped another fence into the back yard of an adjacent house, where the officer ordered the suspect to the ground, Woodruff said, noting the suspect complied and was arrested without further incident.

Robert Saenz has been charged with the state jail felony of evading arrest with a vehicle and duty on striking a vehicle, with respective bonds of $12,000 and $8,000 set. He also was charged with driving under the influence by a minor, with a court date set.

“There was a passenger in the vehicle that remained in the vehicle,” Woodruff said. “He was also taken into custody, for public intoxication.”

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