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Texas Trooper Chases, Shoots, Kicks Motorcyclist (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A video from a wild police chase on Dec. 23, 2012, in Chambers County, Texas, has recently surfaced.

The Austin American-Statesman posted the video (below), and noted that the incident began when Steven Gaydos allegedly drove his motorcycle through a stop sign.

A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper pulled behind Gaydos' motorcycle and tried to pull him over.

“I knew it was a cop,” Gaydos stated. “I took off, thinking I could easily lose him.”

However, a second trooper, Abraham Martinez, joined the chase, which lasted almost 40 miles and got as fast as 130 mph.

Trooper Martinez four fired shots at Gaydos, hitting him once in the thigh, as the chase went into a residential neighborhood, noted the New York Daily News.

Gaydos pulled over and was told to get on the ground by Trooper Martinez.

As Gaydos secured his motorcycle and began to get off, Trooper Martinez drop-kicked him to the ground.

Gaydos claimed that he fled the law because he had a suspended license. He was charged with multiple crimes.

A grand jury chose not to indict Trooper Martinez in 2013 for the 2012 shooting, but he was suspended three days without pay in 2014 for using force that contradicted his DPS training.

University of South Carolina criminal justice professor Geoffrey Alpert told the Austin American-Statesman, "[DPS troopers are] just creating an incredibly high risk for everyone. It’s part of the DPS culture that needs to come into the 21st century.”

Sources: Austin American-Statesman, New York Daily News
Image Credit: Austin American-Statesman/Chambers County Screenshot