HOUSTON (FOX 26) - 34-year-old Brett Alan Poppenhusen’s lack of sleep was apparent in court Friday afternoon.
In the video above, he appears to be dozing off.
“You’re accused of driving while intoxicated and evading arrest a misdemeanor and a felony,” the judge tells Poppenhusen.
FOX 26 was there as Poppenhusen led dozens of cops down the feeder road of 45 near the Beltway.
During this stretch of the lengthy chase police say Poppenhusen was only traveling about 20 miles an hour.
“20 miles an hour because there was damage to the front end of his car it wasn’t running that well but he kept going,” said HPD Lt. William Picazo.
And going and going.
HPD cops and DPS troopers say they even used spikes to try to get the stolen vehicle to come to a stop.
The chase lasted for more than 20 minutes an unusually long length of time cops say for a chase.
Friday afternoon, a prosecutor detailed portions of the chase before the judge.
“The evading involved driving into a shopping center- hitting a curb- driving the wrong way down East Mount Houston with no headlights,” the prosecutor told the judge. “During the chase the defendant rammed three HPD cruisers. Eventually the defendants tires were shot out.”
The prosecutor tells the judge, Poppenhusen stated he had been up for two weeks and had done meth earlier in the day.
“Blood was taken from the defendant and officers believe in addition to evading, he also lost the normal use of his mental and physical facilities due to the substance in his blood,” the prosecutor said.
“Probable cause finds to hold you in both cases sir,” the judge said to Poppenhusen.
Court records indicate Poppenhusen has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 1999.
He’s been convicted of robbery theft and drug possession.
His most recent conviction was last October when he pled guilty to drug possession charges and got a 60-day sentence.