Garland police say a motorcycle driver made a deadly decision to try to outrun police Wednesday morning.
The driver, 27-year-old Kelvin Terry, died at a local hospital after the bike slammed into a Cadillac while traveling an estimated 100 mph.
The pursuit started at Jupiter and Miller Roads in Garland around 12:30 a.m. and ended only about a mile away on Miller in the intersection of Plano Road in Dallas.
Investigators say the motorcycle had been going so fast when it blew through the red light at Plano and Miller Roads, it hit a Cadillac with enough force to spun the car 180 degrees and destroy the bike.
“This is a very prime example of what can happen when you try to flee from police. Went from one major intersection to another and lost a life,” says Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department.
After the crash, the driver of the car pulled Terry away from the burning bike in an attempt to help, according to police. The driver of the car only had minor injuries.
Garland police say Terry had been speeding before an officer attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop.
“If a police officer starts to make a traffic stop on you, simply stop and pull over. The chances are, it's going to end up in a ticket if even that,” says Harn.
Harn says police are still looking into how fast officers had been going during the short pursuit. Garland's policy allows officers to chase suspects that police believe are endangering the public.
The chase and deadly crash are under investigation.
Co-workers say Terry worked at Valspar and recently had a son.