People pay to see Fast and Furious movies, you know. Like all ten or 15 of them, or however many they've made. Give the public some wildly spinning cars, and it's money in the bank.
Give Houston cops a wildly spinning car on a busy party street, and you get shot at for your troubles.
That's the lesson Mario G. Diaz-Gomez, 51, learned about 11 p.m. Friday, shortly before he was hauled off to jail facing charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and felony evading arrest.
Police say he was speeding in the 1500 block of Washington Avenue that night when things began to go haywire.
Police say they arrived and tried to arrest Diaz-Gomez, but he took off in his vehicle.
"Officers pursued the suspect as he drove erratically on Washington Avenue," HPD says. "At one point during the pursuit, the suspect appeared to lose control of his vehicle and came to a stop facing the pursuing patrol vehicles."
Nice! We think we saw Vin Diesel do that once, or 400 times.
The cops got out and approached the car. Bad move: "The suspect accelerated his vehicle and drove toward the passenger side of their patrol vehicle," HPD says. "Fearing for their lives, the two officers discharged their duty weapons, but did not strike the suspect."
Diaz-Gomez wasn't done with his hair-raising stunts yet: "The suspect put his vehicle in reverse, spun the vehicle and then fled, striking other HPD patrol units in the process."
And that's when the show ended and an arrest was made.
Since the officers discharged their weapons, HPD homicide and Internal Affairs will investigate the incident.