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This high-speed police chase ended in a little cleanup on aisle 30, Texas deputies say

Orlando Jose Perez-Ortiz, 28, is charged with two counts of evading arrest and one count of violation of a protective order.
Orlando Jose Perez-Ortiz, 28, is charged with two counts of evading arrest and one count of violation of a protective order.

This police chase suspect in San Antonio had a unique — if also misguided — idea for ditching the cops on his tail, deputies say.

Orlando Jose Perez-Ortiz is charged with two counts of evading arrest and another count of violating a protective order, according to jail records, after police say they found him in an H-E-B grocery store on San Antonio’s West Side, pretending to be a store employee.

Deputies say Perez-Ortiz, 28, violated the protective order when he visited his girlfriend at a home along Liberty Green at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, according to KEYE. The home is just 4 miles away from the H-E-B store where the chase would end.

When police arrived at the home, he backed out of the driveway, ran into a parked car and then took off, according to a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by McClatchy.

Perez-Ortiz led police on a short chase, reaching speeds of almost 90 mph, according to KENS.

“Eventually, the suspect pulled into an H-E-B parking lot, drove in circles for a short time and then darted inside,” the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Perez-Ortiz “pretended to be an employee when he was apprehended,” a police report obtained by McClatchy says. The frozen foods section of the H-E-B, which is open 24 hours, was lined off with crime scene tape Thursday morning, according to KENS.

The station’s photo clipped off the top of an H-E-B store aisle marker marked “30.”

Bond was not listed for Perez-Ortiz, who is being held in the Bexar County Jail.

Kevin Butler with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy's police pursuit training class demonstrates how police officers train to drive when responding to a call or during a pursuit.

Matt is an award-winning real time reporter and a University of Texas at Austin graduate who’s been based at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 2011. His regional focus is Texas, and that makes sense. He’s only lived there his whole life.
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