Report of drunken driver leads to standoff
A NEWS RELEASE FROM FRIENDSWOOD POLICE:
What began as a domestic disturbance in a vehicle on FM 518 in League City, turned into a three hour standoff with a man barricaded in his house with two guns in the 100 block of St. Andrews in Friendswood.
League City Police received a call about an intoxicated driver around 9:21 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010. The caller reported that her daughter was a passenger in the vehicle and was scared, reporting the driver to be intoxicated. League City police officers located the suspect vehicle, a black Jeep Wrangler, on FM 518 just west of Interstate 45. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for police. League City police chased the vehicle through the Westover Park subdivision in League City and then into Friendswood. The chase proceeded through the Eagle Lakes and Falcon Ridge subdivisions of Friendswood and then westbound on FM 528, ending in the Sunmeadow subdivision in Friendswood where the driver ran into a home in the 100 block of St. Andrews.
Travis James Roberts, 24, of Friendswood barricaded himself in an upstairs area of the home. He made several threats to himself with a handgun. The Friendswood tactical team and crisis negotiators were called to the scene. The home was surrounded by officers for approximately three hours as Roberts talked with negotiators before surrendering himself to police.
A loaded pistol and shotgun were retrieved from the home, Roberts was transported to a Houston area hospital after Friendswood police filed an Application for Emergency Detention. Roberts also faces criminal charges of Unlawful Restraint for not allowing his girlfriend to get out of the vehicle and with Evading in a Motor Vehicle.
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