Chase Leads to Deadly Crash in Rowlett

Fatal chase began with domestic disturbance call

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    A Garland police chase has ended with the fleeing driver hurt in a wreck when police say he ran a red light and crashed into a pickup. 52-year-old Solomon Asfaw was driving the truck he died in the accident.

    A police chase in Rowlett early Monday morning ended with the fleeing driver hurt and another motorist dead, police say.

    According to police, they were called to a home around 4:45 a.m. in the 1700-block of Cumberland Road in Garland after a 23-year-old man was reportedly throwing bottles at the home.

    When police responded, the man took off.

    Police said an officer was dragged for a short time, but not injured, while trying to stop the fleeing driver.

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    A deadly end to a Garland police chase has some questioning when police should stop chasing suspects.

    Additional officers started chasing the man down Miller Road.

    According to police, the driver then ran a red light at Rowlett Road and collided with another vehicle, killing 52-year-old Solomon Asfaw, of Garland.

    Meanwhile, the man who had been fleeing from police had to be pulled out of his burning car by Garland police officers.  He was then taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he is listed in critical condition.

    Joe Harn, with the Garland Police Department, said the man faces charges of making a terroristic threat, intoxication manslaughter, evading arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer.

    Harn said alcohol may have been a factor in the incidents.

    The Garland pursuit would likely have been allowed even under the more restrictive Dallas Police policy adopted several years ago that forbids chasing most suspects except those accused of violent felonies. 

    This suspect was accused of terrorist threats against his girlfriend and assaulting a police officer. 

    NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.