Father, Daughter Embark on Car Chase After Seeing Thieves Flee Their Home
By Candice Naranjo
Sun Jun 22nd, 2014 11:30am America/Los_Angeles
(CNN) — A father and daughter weren’t going to just sit there when they discovered their home was being burglarized.
The plastic surgeon from Houston was just arriving home from a business trip on Friday when he and his daughter saw a group of apparent thieves pulling out of their driveway in a red pickup truck, CNN affiliate KHOU reported.
The pair took off in pursuit of the vehicle — something authorities say you should never do. The father recorded the chase on his cell phone while his daughter drove their car after the suspects.
But he captured more than just a speedy car chase down their neighborhood road. The driver of the pickup truck noticed the pair trailing behind, and put the truck into reverse, crashing into the father and daughter’s vehicle.
The suspects then threw their car into reverse again, smashing into the pair’s Audi sedan a second time.
In the cell phone video, the daughter can be heard asking her father, “Dad, now what do I do?” He tells her to keep following.
They chased the truck for several more miles until the suspects turned their vehicle around and aimed it right at the father and daughter.
“It was just like in the movies,” the father told KHOU.
The truck smashed into their Audi, sending the would-be robbers into a nearby ditch. Minutes later, police arrived on the scene, arresting two of the three men, who now are facing a variety of charges. The Houston Police Department did not provide any additional information.
“I’m proud of my daughter. … She is a very hard-nosed girl,” the father told KHOU.
He believes the suspects may be responsible for other burglaries that have been happening throughout his south Houston neighborhood.
“I’m tired of these people taking advantage of us. We’re not going to tolerate it anymore in our neighborhood,” said the victim, who asked not to be named, according to KHOU.
The father suffered no injuries after the incident, and his daughter was released later from the hospital after being checked in for whiplash. Their car suffered front-end damage.
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