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2 Arrested following High Speed Pursuit in Edinburg

3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Monday, November 04 2019 Nov 4, 2019 November 04, 2019 9:42 AM November 04, 2019 in News - Local

EDINBURG – Two people are arrested after robbing from an Edinburg retail store, then leading authorities on a high speed chase.

On Sunday, officers responded to a report of a couple caught stealing flat screen televisions from Walmart on University Drive. The suspects were later identified as Edgar Villanueva and Trisha Val Verde.

Villanueva was observed leaving the store in a blue Kia Rio, driven by Val Verde, without paying for the merchandise.

An Edinburg police officer spotted the vehicle at a pawn down the street. The officer observed Villanueva pawning the TVs and arrested him.

When the officer attempted to detain Val Verde, she fled the scene in the vehicle. Imminently, a pursuit ensued.

The officers made several attempts to pull the vehicle over, using overhead lights and sirens however, the vehicle continued to flee at high rates of speed.

Eventually, Val Verde lost control of the vehicle going west on Trenton Road, just west of Ware Road.

Not realizing the vehicle was immobile, Val Verde continued to try to start the car in an attempt to leave again.

Assisted by state troopers, officers were able to pull Val Verde out of the vehicle and arrest her for evading.

During a search of the vehicle, more merchandise known to be stolen from Walmart was recovered, along with three televisions.

Val Verde was also found to be in the possession of a dangerous drug, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

There were no reported injuries and no reported accidents or other damages during the vehicle pursuit. 

Almost all of the merchandise stolen was recovered and returned.

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