Dallas Police say that yesterday the suspect allegedly fired at least one shot at his estranged girlfriend prompting a police warrant to be served. The couple reportedly have a child.
The pursuit, televised live, began at an address on Dixon Avenue in Dallas at about 12:15 p.m. when officers attempted to serve the man a felony warrant for the alleged shooting.
According to a live Channel 4 Fox News report
, there was a female hostage in the SUV. It was not confirmed at press time whether the woman in the SUV is the woman the suspect is charged with assaulting, however it is believed she is.
The SUV rolled through Dallas streets and along the Interstate with police in pursuit reminiscent of the OJ Simpson police chase.
Police hung back approximately 50 yards throughout most of the high speed chase, apparently in hopes of ending the pursuit without unnecessarily risking the life of the passenger.
Reports say witnesses claimed the woman appeared panicked and at one point was using a cell phone.
High speed chases involving hostages are particularly difficult for police to handle because any attempts to incapacitate the driver could result in injury or death for hostages.
The suspect is wanted by the Dallas Police “gang unit,” according to the Fox News report. During the chase that circled through Dallas police were pleading by cell phone with the suspect to surrender.
The chase, which lasted about an hour, wound through Dallas and Mesquite, down several roads, including Interstate 30, Highway 80 and C.F. Hawn Freeway.
It also crossed the newly-opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge connecting downtown to west Dallas.
The suspect eventually drove up to Dallas City Hall and began waving his hand out of the window before turning the wrong way down a one-way street.
Shortly afterwards, the suspect came to a stop in the middle of a road near Dallas Town Hall where Dallas Police handcuffed him and took him into custody. The female hostage was safely extracted from the drama by police.