The Texas woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car at the end of a high speed chase has been identified as 28-year-old Briana Teirra Johnson of Houston, Fox 26 reported.
Police have not detailed the relationship between Johnson and the man driving the car, identified as 35-year-old Victor Campbell Jr., although detectives said they believe the two may have been dating.
Campbell was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in two crashes during the chase and was later released to the Jefferson County Jail, where he’s been charged with felony evading arrest, driving while intoxicated, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
The incident began Saturday morning when state troopers got reports of a reckless driver in a white Honda traveling east toward Jefferson County from Chambers County on Interstate 10, as CrimeOnline previously reported. An on-duty trooper spotted the car in Jefferson County, moving at a high rate of speed, and set out to make a traffic stop. The driver initially pulled over as if to stop but sped away, police said.
With police in pursuit, the driver entered Beaumont, where he struck and concrete barrier and momentarily lost control of the vehicle before continuing. He crashed the vehicle once more, 12 News Now reported, before exiting the freeway and finally coming to a stop in the parking lot of St Mark’s Episcopal Church Treasure House.
Johnson’s body was found after Campbell had been taken into custody as officers inventoried the vehicle.
Evidence found linked back to what appeared to be Johnson’s Houston home, where she lived with a housemate. Johnson’s cause of death is under investigation; an autopsy has been ordered.
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