Two suspects from an early Tuesday morning high-speed pursuit have now been officially charged. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department says William Onie Mendez, 36, of Buna, and Christopher Neil Thorp, 43, of Corpus Christi, fled from a deputy in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 4:30 a.m. on Highway 105 near Evadale. The department said the chase reached up to 100 miles-per-hour as it went through Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties before coming back into Jasper County where it ended about an hour later.

Both men were arraigned on Wednesday morning by Jasper County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace John Cooper.

Mendez was charged with Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle, Resisting Arrest or Transport, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. And his bond was set at $27,500.00.

Thorp was charged with Evading Arrest or Detention, and his bond was set at $2,500.00.

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