High-speed pursuit ends at home in NW Harris County

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Monday, March 30, 2015

HOUSTON -- A high speed pursuit in northwest Harris County, Texas came to an end at a home on Algernon. Residents of the home were evacuated, even carrying out a pet dog, before the suspect was taken into custody. Deputies with Harris County Precinct 4 say Nemesio Magofna was found hiding under a mattress in the garage of the home.

Magofna, 41, led authorities on a dangerous high speed chase for close to 45 minutes before pulling into the driveway of the home. It's not known what connection to the home there may be.

Magofna, who was driving a silver or gray colored pickup, was wanted for auto theft, and was believed to be armed.

At one point, the driver went the wrong way on Cypresswood, directly into traffic, narrowly missing several school buses. The driver is evading deputies at very high rates of speed, but remains roughly in the same area, often going in and out of residential areas. He once drove into a grassy median in order to avoid a long line of school buses. Spring ISD put all schools on lockdown during to the pursuit, according to a district spokesperson. Additionally, the district ordered all school buses to halt in an effort to stay off the streets and out of the path of the pursuit. Dismissals were delayed as a result.

No accidents were witnessed, but there have been a number of close calls.

Deputies tried a number of techniques to bring the chase to an end, including deploying spike strips, but none of those efforts worked, until Magofna finally pulled into the driveway.

The pursuit began at about 2:30pm on FM 1960.