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Candy theft leads to chase

Speeding driver was double amputee

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:45 am | Updated: 7:12 am, Tue Mar 5, 2013.

FRIENDSWOOD — A father and son from Houston, accused of stealing more than five bags of candy from a Friendswood HEB, led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with a surprise in League City on Sunday afternoon.

H-E-B employees reported the crime at about 2 p.m.

Friendswood police Chief Robert Wieners said police followed the suspects as they fled in a Lincoln Navigator with 39-year-old Houston resident Angel Manuel Zayas behind the wheel.

Police reported Zayas driving recklessly and running red lights as he reached speeds of more than 100 mph, at the same time his son, 18-year-old son Alexis Zayas, was throwing candy out the passenger window.

They finally decided to pull over when League City police met them at the intersection of FM 518 and Newport Boulevard, Wieners said.

The driver opened the car door and stuck his hands in the air but did not get out of the vehicle, Wieners said.

“When they approached him, they saw that both the driver’s legs were amputated above the knee,” Wieners said.

The vehicle was not equipped with any specialized equipment to accommodate a handicapped driver, Wieners said.

“He was using a walking cane to press down on the gas pedal and brake pedal,” he said.

The driver was charged with theft, evading arrest in a vehicle and driving with an invalid license and is confined in the Galveston County Jail on $50,000 bond.

While the bags of candy were worth less than $50, the theft charge was a felony because he had been convicted of theft six times before, Wieners said.

His son was charged with misdemeanor theft and tampering with physical evidence and is confined in the jail on a $5,000 bond.