High-speed chases put many people in danger. When people decide to try to evade cops by engaging in reckless driving behavior, they put their own lives, the cops’ lives and the lives of everyone else around them at risk.
One man led cops on a high-speed chase in Haltom City, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 16. When police tried to pull him over, he fled, leading them all on an erratic chase that ended in a car accident.
The Haltom City Police Department posted on their Facebook page the following day to give an account of the situation.
“On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at approximately 10:40 PM, Haltom City officers observed a gray Honda Accord that was traveling at a high rate of speed in the 4100 block of Denton Highway,” the department wrote on Jan. 17. “When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle failed to yield.
“Due to the erratic driving, the officers believed the vehicle to be operated by an intoxicated driver. After the pursuit went through an adjacent neighborhood, the driver of the vehicle turned back onto Denton Highway northbound.”
The driver soon shook off police and high-tailed it past the city limits. But that was not the last they’d see of the dangerous driver.
“As the officers were returning to Haltom City,” the post continued, “they observed the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Denton Highway. Officers re-initiated the pursuit following behind the suspect vehicle.”
“After the suspect vehicle passed the NE Loop 820/Denton Highway bridge, the suspect vehicle collided with a black Dodge pickup that was slowing to turn into an apartment complex. Due to the collision, the black Dodge pickup caught on fire.
“Officers arriving on scene were able to remove the driver of the pickup from the vehicle before the pickup was fully engulfed in fire. The suspect was removed from his vehicle with injuries to his face caused by the deployment of the airbag.
“Both the driver of the pickup and the driver of the suspect vehicle were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup, a white female 30 years of age from Haltom City, did not appear to have any obvious injuries on scene, but once she arrived at the hospital, she was found to have internal injuries.
“The suspect, a white male 30 years of age from North Richland Hills, was arrested on charges of Intoxication Assault with Serious Bodily Injury and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. His identification will be released once he has been arraigned by a magistrate.”
The police body cam caught the entire chilling scene, as an officer runs up to the mangled truck and attempts to get the driver out. There were several complications, though, including the fact that the door had melted shut from the fire.
The footage shows that the truck was a ball of flames, the cab quickly filling with fire and smoke. The cop could hear the woman inside and broke through the window to save her. Cops also had to cut through the woman’s seat belt before hauling her out through the window, but she was alive.
The woman’s current condition is unknown, but hopefully, the officers were able to give her a fighting chance at the life that the high-speed driver tried to take from her.
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