Taylor teen faces charges of fleeing and eluding in what he says was a confusing traffic stop

Posted at 7:14 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 19:48:43-04

A teen was pulled over by Taylor police with guns drawn.

But what happened? And, why does his family want his charges dropped?

The teen says he stopped when he initially thought he was being pulled over, but when officers didn't get out, he was confused and kept going.

Should he have kept driving? Did the officers do the right thing? You decide.

Police dash cam video shows officers surround the Jeep, guns drawn.

Inside is the now 19-year-old Chris Saul, who says he was confused, scared and did what officers told him to do.

“The cop car proceeds to roll into my vehicle and they just pull out guns at me and yell get out of the car," Saul says.

It was on March 10th around five in the evening in Taylor. Chris was on his way back home from Target. He admits he was speeding and when he realized he was being stopped by police, pulled over.

"I seen he was behind me so i pulled over,” says Saul. “But I stopped and he started beeping at me and I didn’t know what that meant so I just continued on."

He kept driving for several blocks, with officers trailing behind.

Then officers boxed him in, got out of their cars - guns drawn, ordered him out and cuffed him.

Chris got a speeding ticket and was charged with fleeing and eluding. His mother believes that's too tough of a charge, but Taylor's police chief tells us - the video was reviewed by prosecutors and a judge bounded the case over for trial.

"This is a situation where we have a young man, from all appearances a good kid, but we know even though good kids make mistakes like this and, unfortunately, it's our jobs to handle it when it happens,” says Chief Mary Sciabassi.

Chris' mother says, her son has never gotten into trouble before, graduated as the valedictorian from his high school last year, is currently studying to be an accountant and she now fears for his future.

Chris goes to trial on August 12th. It will now be up to a jury to decide what happens next.