A high speed chase that started in Waller County ended west of Magnolia after the car was disabled by a spike strip, causing the suspect to crash.
The chase started when a Waller County Pct. 2 deputy constable attempted to stop a Kia Sephia, allegedly driven by David Wallis, 51, for speeding at around 11 a.m., Nov. 6.
The vehicle fled from the deputy and traveled down Bower Road to FM 1488. At the intersection of FM 1488 and Prairie View the driver made a u-turn and headed east towards Magnolia. At this time a female passenger was either pushed or jumped from the Kia at speeds of around 80 miles-per-hour.
The passenger was identified as Sandra Bishop, 50, of Conroe. Bishop was airlifted to College Station where she was listed in stable condition.
State troopers, Waller and Montgomery County deputy sheriffs then joined in the pursuit.
Magnolia Police deployed to an area near Wisteria Farms, where they waited for Wallis to approach. Once he was in sight Officer Diaz deployed a spike strip across FM 1488. Officers then said that Wallis attempted to brake and swerved towards Diaz. Once Wallis hit the spikes, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch and a fence. A state trooper following just behind then struck the Kia as well.
After the crash officers said Wallis began moving aggressively towards them, so they deployed a taser in order to take him into custody. He suffered minor injuries and was evaluated at Tomball Regional Medical Center.
"Our biggest thing was not letting him get into the city because of the Renaissance Festival traffic," said Magnolia Police Department executive officer James Senegal.
During the chase, officers said they observed items being tossed from Wallis' vehicle, including two rifles and a handgun. Wallis had been accused of being a parole violator and also had a warrant out for delivery of a controlled substance. He was charged with evading and felon in possession of firearms.
Wallis is currently in the Waller County Jail.