Texans OL Pitts facing felony charges of evading arrest

Updated: November 30, 2007, 1:19 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts was arrested Thursday after speeding off during a traffic stop near Reliant Stadium, police said in local media reports.

Pitts is facing charges of felony evading arrest, Houston Police Department spokeswoman Johanna Abad told the Houston Chronicle for its Thursday online editions.

"We're gathering all the details and information regarding Chester's arrest and we'll comment at the appropriate time," Texans spokesman Tony Wyllie told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Pitts was one of several drivers pulled over Thursday afternoon after making an illegal turn, police said. A traffic sting had been initiated after police said they received complaints from residents that drivers were making illegal turns in their neighborhood.

Pitts at first cooperated with police after being flagged down and told why he was stopped, Abad said.

"The officer then walks off for a few minutes to finish issuing a citation to another vehicle and observes Pitts leave," Abad said.

The officer and his supervisor got in separate cars and chased Pitts for less than a mile, where police said he stopped and was arrested.

Abad said police contacted the Harris County district attorney's office which accepted felony evading charges against Pitts.

He was being held in the city jail Thursday night.

An HPD spokesperson could not be reached by The Associated Press Thursday night.

Pitts, a guard, is the only player to have started each game in franchise history.

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