Police chase car reported stolen, arrest driver

A report of a stolen vehicle Monday morning led to a short chase and the arrest of a man who allegedly broke into a house while fleeing police.

Markevius White, 20, was taken into custody after he was found inside a house in the 1600 block of West 31st Avenue and officers used a Taser stun gun to subdue him when he allegedly refused to surrender.

Officer Richard Wegner said in a press release a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen and the owner of the vehicle told police White had taken the vehicle at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Once the report was filed, it allowed On-Star to begin tracking the vehicle and Wegner said at about 11 a.m., On-Star notified police they had tracked the car to the area of West 33rd Avenue and Hazel Street. A police officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it and after a short pursuit, On-Star disabled the vehicle and it rolled into the railing at a house.

The driver and a passenger allegedly fled on foot and while police were chasing the driver, they found a handgun next to a shoe the driver had lost. The passenger was captured a short time later.

Wegner said after a ground search was initiated, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sent a K-9 unit to assist and tracked the suspect to the house, where he was arrested.

White faces charges of theft of property, residential burglary, possession of a defaced firearm and fleeing. The passenger was questioned and released.