Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News
A man wanted on five outstanding felonies died after crashing his motorcycle while fleeing Fort Worth police.
A 38-year old fugitive died in a motorcycle rash while trying to outrun police Thursday afternoon.
The Fort Worth Police Department’s fugitive unit spotted the man, who was wanted on five outstanding felonies, including evading arrest, at about 3:30 p.m.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as Charles Grissom, 38, of Fort Worth.
Police said Grissom refused to stop when patrol officers tried to pull him over in Fort Worth. A chase ended about five minutes later when the biker crashed his motorcycle into a residential fence on Longhorn Road in Saginaw.
Investigators said Grissom was heading west on Longhorn Road when he hit a curb, lost control and went airborne.
A female passenger managed to get off the motorcycle right before the crash.
“At this point, we don't know if it was actually intentional on her part, or the driver forced her off,” Officer Cliff Miller said.
The woman was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital with minor injuries.
The motorcyclist, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We give them an opportunity to follow the instructions of the officer," Miller said. "When they fail to do so, unfortunately, this is one of the consequences we don't wish to anyone.”
Editor's Note: Early versions of this story identified the female passenger as deceased instead of the driver, based on reports from emergency crews.