Suspect in stolen Jeep crashes into tree while being chased in NW Harris County; passenger dies


A suspect who authorities say stole a Jeep and led law enforcement on a chase has been arrested and charged with murder after a passenger in the vehicle died when it crashed into a tree.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it happened at approximately 3:49 a.m. Saturday in the 20600 block of Hufsmith-Kohrville Road.

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The sheriff’s office said Jaime Joel Rook-Perez stole a black 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and was evading deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. An unknown individual was also in the front passenger seat.

The sheriff’s office said Rook-Perez failed to drive in a single lane and struck a tree on the east side of the roadway.

The unknown individual was found with no signs of life at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rook-Perez was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital Downtown via life flight.

The sheriff’s office said Rook-Perez is charged with felony murder, evading in a motor vehicle, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The case remains under investigation.

A mugshot of Rook-Perez was not immediately available at the time of this writing.

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Christian Terry covered digital news in Tyler and Wichita Falls before returning to the Houston area where he grew up. He is passionate about weather and the outdoors and often spends his days off on the water fishing.

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