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Police found a 28-year-old woman dead inside the boot of a car they were chasing after it crashed.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers were searching a white Honda they had been pursuing on Saturday when they found the body of Briana Teirra Johnson, KTRK-TV reported.
The vehicle was pulled over by police who caught it speeding at around 7.45am in Beaumont, about 85 miles east of Houston, Texas.
But a car chase ensued when the driver, Victor Campbell Jr., 35, allegedly sped off again.
Campbell made it as far as the car park of a church thrift shop where the Honda came to a forced stop.
Campbell was allegedly caught on CCTV outside Briana Teirra Johnson’s house in Houston, dragging her out the door just before 5am and loading her body into the car, the report said.
Sources told the ABC affiliate that Campbell – who had previously been charged with family violence – occasionally stayed at Johnson’s house, but the extent of their relationship remains unknown.
Campbell was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after surviving the car crash he suffered while evading police.
He was later booked into Jefferson County jail.
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The 35-year-old now faces charges for felony evading arrest, driving while intoxicated, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Additional charges may be added, police said.
Authorities have not yet released Johnson’s official cause of death, pending an autopsy.
Johnson's friends described the Texas Southern University graduate as having a good sense of humour and a love of make-up that she shared on her YouTube channel.
“She was happy,” pal Cierra Kenner told the station. “She always kept me laughing.”
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