Alleged motorcycle, ATV thieves arrested in high-speed chase

A high-speed police chase that spanned over 20 miles across Cameron County has been linked to a string of burglaries over the summer.

Investigators say the men involved are believed to have burglarized several homes in the Harlingen area.

The chase started in Brownsville Monday afternoon and ended near the interchange in Harlingen.

Investigators were able to arrest three men-- accused of orchestrating a string of burglaries over the summer.

With two warrants for his arrest, county investigators were tracking Elias Zuniga moving from hotel to hotel in Brownsville.

When he was spotted, sheriff's deputies were called in to catch him but he sped off.

"He just disregarded the red lights and sirens, Sheriff Omar Lucio said.

Zuniga and his two buddies, Frank Moreno and Gilbert Macias tried to get away by traveling north on Expressway 77 toward Harlingen.

On a dash cam video, sheriff TMs deputies can be seen throwing out spikes to slow them down.

"The vehicles right side tires went over it and they deflated, Lucio said.

Zuniga was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

Moreno and Mesias have been charged with hindering apprehension and prosecution.

Over the summer, Lucio says the trio burglarized homes in the Harlingen area, stealing multiple ATV's.

"You're talking $2,000, $3,00, even $5,00," Lucio said.

Lucio says they believe the men were selling the off road vehicles for cash.

"What matters to me is my officers are safe, the public is safe and we do the right thing and don't get hurt, Lucio said.

Burglary charges for the three men are pending.