Man Leads Police on Chase Into Cow Pasture

Cows Mooove Out of the Way Just in Time

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    A North Texas man is out of jail after leading police on a chase that ended after he slammed through a fence and sped onto a cow pasture earlier this month.

    Jose Gomez was caught by an officer breaking into vehicles the night of Jan. 5, a source at the Balch Springs Police Department familiar with the investigation said.

    Cows Scramble to Avoid Police Chase Through Pasture

    [DFW] Cows Scramble to Avoid Police Chase Through Pasture
    DPS chopper video shows a police chase in Balch Springs the night of January 15, 2011. It ended when the man ran his car through a fence and into a cow pasture, but not before he scared several head of cattle. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011)

    He sped away in his own vehicle and prompted a police chase through at least two cities. A Department of Public Safety helicopter was called in to help track the action.

    Video from the chopper’s camera was released Tuesday under the Texas Public Information Act.

    Police Chase Ends in Cow Pasture

    [DFW] Police Chase Ends in Cow Pasture
    A North Texas man led police on a chase that ended after he slammed through a fence and sped onto a cow pasture. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011)

    In the video, Gomez can be seen traveling through rural areas of Seagoville and Balch Springs while the DPS chopper pilots call the play-by-play to the officers on the ground.

    At one point, troopers request spike strips from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, but they don’t come soon enough.

    The video shows Gomez slamming through a fence and onto a cow pasture near the 700 block of Stark Street in Balch Springs. He briefly herds some cattle with his SUV, narrowly missing several cows.

    He then travels though the dark pasture, swerving to avoid hitting trees. But there are too many to avoid.

    “He just center punched a tree,” the DPS pilot said.

    Gomez then backed up and turned left to find a new route away from officers; but he quickly slams into a second tree.

    Troopers can be heard in the DPS chopper laughing at Gomez’s misfortune.

    The video shows Balch Springs police officers swarming in with guns drawn, breaking his driver’s side window and arresting him. He was the only person inside the vehicle.

    Gomez was booked into the Dallas County Jail later that night. He has since bonded out of jail and is awaiting trial, according to jail records.