Chase Ends Peacefully on Highway 66

Chase starts after traffic stop in Hunt County

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 PM CDT
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State troopers pursued a 23-year-old man along Interstate 30 and through a Rowlett neighborhood before the chase ended peacefully on State Highway 66.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

State troopers pursued a 23-year-old man along Interstate 30 and through a Rowlett neighborhood before the chase ended peacefully on State Highway 66.

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DPS Chase Ends on Hwy 66

A chase, that started when a Department of Public Safety Trooper tried to pull a man over for speeding in Hunt County, lasted more than 45 minutes and ended when troopers performed a pit maneuver on the bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard.
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A police chase in Dallas County ended without incident on a bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports of the chase were first received at about 4 p.m. after Timothy Barber, 23, allegedly fled an attempted traffic stop for speeding east of Greenville in Hunt County.

"He made that decision, to run from law enforcement, so he ended up getting on I-30 and the result is what we have here this evening," Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel.

Chopper 5 caught up to the chase and carried it live online moments after state troopers deployed spike strips, ripping the rubber tires from the vehicle. For the next half hour, the driver of the silver Mustang continued along Interstate 30 on only four rims before exiting at Dalrock and driving through a residential neighborhood in Rowlett.

Vehicle registration records show that Barber lives in the neighborhood. Investigators said they believe he was trying to go home with as many as 10 troopers on his tail.

Barber then got on State Highway 66, Lakeside Parkway, and headed back across the lake. State troopers took the opportunity to use a PIT maneuver to force Barber into a spin on the two-lane bridge.

With the car stopped, troopers surrounded the vehicle and took Barber into custody without further incident.

"He was on the bridge, so we had no public to worry about getting hurt, and the troopers knew what they were doing, took that training into play and took what they knew and off they went with it, and it came out very well," Haschel said.

Barber faces two charges, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. He was arraigned Wednesday morning, and bond was set at $7,000.

Haschel said Barber had no warrants and gave troopers no reason for refusing to stop.

NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.

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