A man is dead tonight, killed during a police chase. The woman who police say was behind the wheel this morning around 6:50 a.m. leading officers on a chase and who caused that deadly crash is no stranger to breaking the law. 18-year-old Dalia Iris Alfaro's criminal record begins April 2012 with a possession of marijuana charge and it doesn't stop there. Now according to the Houston Police Department the teen led officers on a chase, ran a red light and killed an innocent 29-year-old man.
A Houston police officer says he first noticed Alfaro driving her pick-up truck and she appeared to be trying to get away from him. "Making right turns, making u-turns, as if she was trying to avoid making any kind of contact with the officer," Houston Police Department spokesperson Victor Senties explains. So the officer attempted to pull the pick up truck over but says the driver sped off and began running red lights.
On Westheimer and Kirkwood the silver pick up slammed into another vehicle. Cops say Alfaro stopped and as they approached her car. "At that point the suspect vehicle reversed and took off again," Senties adds. Houston police pursued her but before they could catch the pick-up truck, at Westheimer & Eldridge officers say Alfaro's truck clipped a car in the left turn lane. Then they say she attempted to speed right through the red light and slammed into a gray impala in the intersection, killing the 29-year old man driving the car. Her pick up came to rest after plowing head on into a cement truck. "She was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest (Hospital). It is believed she is impaired," says Senties.
In addition to that marijuana possession last year, you may remember Alfaro had a graffiti charge in May of 2012 after marking up Mayde Creek High School with paint. Just in March 2013 Alfaro was charged with evading arrest from the Houston Police Department. This is all before her 19th birthday, which is Thursday. Officers are awaiting toxicology test results to determine if Alfaro was intoxicated and with what substance.