Car Theft Suspect Leads Friendswood Police on a Chase
On November 6, 2022, at approximately 11:00 PM, a Friendswood officer stopped into a local convenience store in the 2200 block of south Friendswood Dr. while on duty. The officer was speaking with an employee at the store when they mentioned that a female had been walking around the store just prior to the officer’s arrival and appeared homeless. At the time of this conversation, the employee noticed his vehicle being stolen and advised the officer. The officer caught up to the vehicle and turned on her overhead lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and continued down FM 518 towards League City. The League City Police Department was contacted and assisted with putting out spikes at Hobbs Rd. and Main St. just before I-45. The vehicle ran over the spikes and continued onto the I-45 southbound feeder. Officers were able to contain the vehicle in the 2300 block of the southbound Gulf Freeway just before Hwy 646. Once the vehicle stopped, the suspect refused to exit the vehicle, citing that there was an explosive device in the vehicle. Officers were eventually able to remove the suspect from the vehicle without incident. The suspect was later identified as Natasha Mealer of Hitchcock. The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office accepted charges for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest or Detention with a vehicle. Mealer’s bond has been set at $120,000.