Sheriff: Man arrested after leading deputies on chase with child in back seat

Jose Venzor, 18. (Photo: Ector County Sheriff's Office)

WEST ODESSA -- A man has been arrested after authorities say he led deputies on a high-speed chase with his girlfriend and her 10-year-old brother in the vehicle.

Jose Venzor, 18, has been charged with Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Endangering a Child, a State Jail Felony.

According to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, the chase began Sunday night near the intersection of 26th Street and Moss when the driver of a van, identified as Venzor, refused to stop for a traffic violation.

Venzor then reportedly led deputies on a chase through several neighborhoods while ignoring stop signs and almost getting into several crashes.

An off-duty lieutenant heard about the chase heading towards his neighborhood and he deployed a spike strip across the road.

The van drove over the spikes and continued the chase even with its tires being deflated.

The chase eventually came to a stop in the 1100 block of Tripp Avenue. According to ECSO, no one inside of the van would exit the vehicle which forced deputies to break the windows to take them out.

Inside the van the deputies found a woman, Venzor's girlfriend, in the passenger's seat and her 10-year-old brother in the back seat without a seat belt.

According to authorities, Venzor told the deputies that he didn't stop because he didn't want his girlfriend to be grounded.

He was then charged and arrested accordingly.

Correction: This story has been edited to show that the 10-year-old boy is the brother of Venzor's girlfriend.