The Dallas Police Department is standing by its chase policy after a high-speed pursuit ended in a multicar crash in Uptown on Thursday night.
Two people were arrested after the suspects crashed while trying to squeeze through the intersection at McKinney and Lemmon avenues.
Three other cars were damaged in the collision, but no one was seriously injured.
Police say the chase reached speeds of 100 mph but slowed down as it entered busy McKinney Avenue, which is loaded with pedestrians who frequent the many bars and restaurants with sidewalk patios.
But several eyewitnesses questioned whether it was a good decision for police to continue the chase in such a populated area.
A Dallas police spokesman said the department's policy allows officers to chase suspects anywhere when a felony offense that involves violence has occurred.
Carl Stovall and Jenny Bonham both are charged with aggravated robbery and evading police.
Police said Stovall, Bonham and an unidentified third person robbed a convenience store in Southeast Dallas at about 7:30 p.m.
The trio fled in two cars as patrol cars arrived, with Stovall and the unidentified person in one car and Bonham in the other. Police said officers chased both but lost Stovall.
During the chase, Bonham ditched her car on Second Street beneath the CF Hawn Freeway and got in Stovall's vehicle, police said. The unidentified third person was no longer in the car.
Officers then pursued Stovall's vehicle until the crash in Uptown, police said.
Stovall and Bonham are both being held at the Dallas County Jail. Police are searching for the person.