Man sentenced for police chase

May 3, 2019

A Brownsville man who inhaled “duster” before leading Cameron County Sheriff Department deputies on a 40-minute chase in November 2017 was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for evading arrest.

Authorities arrested 29-year-old Markus Armando Herrera on Nov. 5, 2017, in a field near the intersection of Pablo Kiesel Blvd. and Morrison Road after leading authorities in a chase that started in the Hidden Oak Tree neighborhood in an unincorporated area of Brownsville.

During the chase, Herrera hit two patrol cars with his vehicle and, after driving into the field, he got stuck but continued shifting gears and accelerating the vehicle, causing its wheels to spin, when a deputy fired at the wheel, disabling it, Sheriff Omar Lucio said at the time.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said in a social media post that the chase began after Brownsville police responded to a domestic disturbance at Herrera’s house where his girlfriend reported that he inhaled cans of electronic cleaners, or “duster,” to become intoxicated before taking off.

“Later that day, a deputy with the Cameron County Sheriff’s office responded to a suspicious vehicle in a neighborhood that turned out to (be) Herrera who was still inhaling dusters,” Saenz said.

That’s when Herrera took off, leading three different law enforcement agencies on a chase.

“ What Herrera did is reckless and could have cost lives, but the quick thinking action of our brave law enforcement officers saved so many that day,” Saenz said.