Last Thursday, a man in Pasadena, Texas, Erasmo Hernandez, 35, live streamed his own police chase on Facebook Live. Hernandez said in the video, “I’m gone forever, man,” and smiled, possibly thinking he was going to evade being captured by the Pasadena Police, or indicating he knew he was going to get caught and sent to jail. The idea to live stream the chase might have seemed brilliant to Hernandez, at the time, but he discovered later that the video can be used as evidence against him in court.
FOX 25 Boston, reported that the police chase began after the Pasadena Police served a narcotics search warrant “at Hernandez’s house in Texas.” Hernandez then decided to flee in his car, which led to “a 30-minute chase” before the Pasadena Police eventually managed to arrest the suspect.
According to the Gazette Review, the Pasadena Police followed closely behind Hernandez during the chase. Police sirens can be heard in the video live streamed on social media to the suspect’s friends. The chase came to an end shortly after his Hyundai Sonata had a flat tire. The suspect was forced to stop ten minutes later, and the police arrested him.
The police chase went from Pasadena to southeast Houston, which is where Hernandez finally ended the live stream coverage of t he chase on Facebook Live. According to Pasadena police officer Jessica Ramirez, what Hernandez did, live streaming the police chase, was not like anything she has seen before during her career as a law enforcement officer.
Earlier in March, three teens in Australia also used Facebook to record their criminal escapades, live streaming on the social media outlet a joyride in a stolen car. The police had reportedly been searching for the suspects and the car for days. The Facebook live stream video aided their investigation and helped capture the teens.
The car had been linked to several offenses in the area; however, the teens had not been chased by the police before the incident. When they drove the car right past a police station in the city, the police “used social media to find out who they were and arrest them.”
In Pasadena, Texas, last Thursday, Erasmo hernandez, 35, led the police on a 30-minute chase, all the while live streaming it on Facebook Live. Pasadena, Texas police have charged Hernandez with felony possession of a weapon and evading arrest. It will likely be a long time, if ever, before Hernandez gets on Facebook again.
By John Samuels
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