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Murder charge for Spring woman accused of running over burglary accomplice

Covenant Oyetade

Jan. 22, 2020

Diawannah Corteasher Thomas, 54, was charged with murder and aggravated assault of a police officer after leading Houston police on a deadly police chase Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.
A Spring woman with an extensive rap sheet was charged with murder after allegedly running over her partner in crime during a daring high-stakes police chase Tuesday morning through north Houston.
Diawannah Corteasher Thomas, 54, was also charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and misdemeanor DWI, charges that are keeping her in jail in lieu of a $150,000 total bond amount. Thomas was behind the wheel of a U-Haul truck spotted by and off-duty Houston police officer leaving Sunny’s Food Mart in the 9800 block of Bauman around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday after reports of burglary at the business.
Thomas and two other men suspected in the burglary were inside the U-Haul as she sped away, police said. Officers caught up with the truck and attempted to pull it over, but Thomas allegedly refused to stop.
Both of her accomplices attempted to jump out of the moving truck, according to police One managed to safely jump early on in the chase along Yale Street near Parker, prosecutors said in court Tuesday.
The other suspect attempted to jump out but slipped, prosecutors said. He was hanging from the passenger-side mirror when Thomas swerved, which knocked the man underneath the truck’s rear tires as the pursuit ran along Main Street underneath North Loop 610.
He was pronounced dead by paramedics.
Thomas kept driving after running the man over, police said. She eventually stopped after striking a patrol car and being hit with spike strips nearby.
“Fleeing the police is such a dangerous thing,” Houston Police Department Asst. Chief Larry Satterwhite said on the morning of the pursuit. “This male may have been involved (in the burglary), but now we’ve lost him. It’s a very sad thing.”
Thomas is facing up to life in prison on the murder and aggravated assault of a police officer charges, both first-degree felonies. Her criminal history dates back to 1989 and include felony arrests for robbery, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, drug possession and prostitution, according to court records.
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