Spring, Texas – May 15th, 2017: Patrick Geffon (31) of Spring is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail after leading police on a 55-mile long police chase.
TXDPS troopers attempted to stop Geffon late last night near Shepard Hill and Interstate 45, just north of Willis. Geffon refused to stop and traveled southbound on Interstate 45 reaching speeds of over 110+ MPH. Geffon’s vehicle finally came to a rolling stop after he reportedly ran out of gas near Tidwell and I-45.
Deputies from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department assisted in the chase.
It is unknown why the man refused to stop for police. Geffon is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $25,000 bond and has been charged with Evading Arrest with a vehicle.
According to Title 10, Section 38.04 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the offense of evading arrest or detention if he or she “intentionally flees from a person he (or she) knows is a peace officer or federal special investigator attempting lawfully to arrest or detain him” or her. Running away from the police on foot is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor in Texas, but if the accused “uses a vehicle or watercraft while … in flight,” the offense is a state jail felony, which is essentially a fourth-degree felony punishable by between 180 days and two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.