NEWS RELEASE from the City of Rockport: "Disturbance at Rockport City Hall Results In Three County Pursuit and Suspect’s Arrest"

At 0821hrs Monday, June 9, 2014, Rockport Police Officers were dispatched to Rockport City Hall in reference to a suspect identified as Charles Price, 49 years of age, from Rockport, causing a disturbance. Witnesses stated that Price was yelling and shouting at employees inside City Hall. As officers arrived, the suspect was driving off in a black Nissan passenger car. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspect failed to yield.

Rockport Police Officers gave chase and followed the suspect, proceeding west on Market Street and turning south on the Hwy 35 Bypass. Once on Bypass 35, speeds exceeded 90 mph for a brief period. An attempt to stop the suspect by deploying spike strips was thwarted when the suspect evaded the spikes near the weigh station on Hwy 35. The suspect slowed to approximately 70 mph and continued south on Hwy 35 into San Patricio County. The pursuit proceeded into Portland and then onto the Nueces Bay Causeway. The suspect crossed over the Harbor Bridge into downtown Corpus Christi, stopping at the Corpus Christi Police Station parking lot. The suspect exited his vehicle and confronted officers. The suspect was subdued by the use of a Taser and taken into custody without further incident at 0849hrs.

Price is currently being held at the Aransas County Jail for the offense of Evading in a Vehicle, a state jail felony. Bond has not been set.

It was discovered that prior to causing a disturbance at Rockport City Hall, the suspect reportedly had caused a similar disturbance at the Fulton Town Hall.

The Rockport Police Department was assisted during the pursuit by the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

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