‘You Are Not Taking My Car,' Man Tells Deputy Before High-speed Chase in South Dallas

A 30-year-old man is behind bars after sheriff's deputies found marijuana in his car following a high-speed chase through south Dallas County Sunday.The incident began around 8:45 p.m. when a Dallas County Sheriff's deputy monitoring traffic on Interstate 20's eastbound service road saw a black Dodge Charger run a stop sign at Dowdy Ferry Road.According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the deputy gave pursuit and pulled over the Charger. The driver, identified as Bobby Hudson, said he was paralyzed from the waist down and the deputy noticed parts of a wheelchair on the passenger seat."I then smelled a strong odor of burnt and fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle," the deputy wrote.The deputy asked Hudson when he had last smoked and whether he had any fresh marijuana in the car. Hudson replied only that he had smoked that day and had just left a friend's house.Asked again whether he had anything in the car to report, Hudson said all he had was a joint.The deputy went to his vehicle for a further background check and discovered Hudson had no driver's license. He returned to tell Hudson he would have to tow the car and, cognizant of Hudson's physical condition, asked whether someone would be able to pick him up."Hudson then looked at me and stated, 'You are not taking my car.' " Then Hudson suddenly drove off, nearly running over the officer's right foot.A high-speed chase ensued on westbound I-20, reaching speeds of nearly 110 miles per hour and continuing onto southbound Interstate 45. As other deputies joined in pursuit, Hudson exited onto Dowdy Ferry, returned to I-45 northbound and then continued onto westbound Loop 12.Hudson turned into a residential neighborhood near Bonnie View Road and was finally pulled over in the 4800 block of Elena Street.Deputies discovered a joint under the front seat, just like Hudson had said, except that they also found a small weight scale and a plastic baggie with a green leafy substance there too, in addition to $7,400 in the right pocket of his jeans.Dashcam footage showed what a deputy believed to be a handgun thrown from Hudson's car window during the chase on I-20, bouncing off a guardrail and across three lanes of traffic. A subsequent search at the site by several deputies turned up ammunition and parts of a handgun on the right highway shoulder.Hudson has been charged with evading arrest, tampering with evidence, marijuana possession and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond is set at $3,500.  Continue reading...

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