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Chase Suspect Facing Several Charges



    A man arrested after an hour-long chase that ended when he crashed a stolen pickup through a fence at Dallas Love Field was charged with evading arrest, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated robbery, officials said Friday.

    U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Kathy Colvin said it still is too early to say if Michael Laurence Browne, 46, will face federal charges.

    Police said the truck Browne used to lead police on the chase Thursday was stolen in a carjacking the day before. A knife was found in the truck as well as property that makes Browne a suspect in other robberies, Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse said. He said Browne is also believed to have robbed a 77-year-old woman on Thursday morning, before the police chase.

    Browne remained in jail on Friday on $300,000 bond. Kim Leach, Dallas County sheriff's spokeswoman, said he did not yet have an attorney of record. While he is eligible for a bond, officials say Browne has an "agency hold" due to other ongoing investigations and will not be released if he does post bond.

    DPD Chase Ends Between Love Field Runways

    [DFW] DPD Chase Ends Between  Love Field Runways
    Raw Video: Dallas police pursued a carjacking suspect through the city all the way to Love Field where he rammed through a security gate and found himself on the tarmac. He didn't stop there, the driver then drove over an active runway, prompting a halt to all air traffic.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010)

    Browne has a criminal history dating back to 2004, including eight arrests from the Dallas area, Leach said.

    The chase began when an undercover police officer spotted a truck that had been reported stolen a day earlier in Fort Worth, Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes said. It ended when police surrounded and rammed the pickup truck alongside a busy runway and pulled the shirtless Browne from the cab and placed him in handcuffs.

    Browne's easy access to the tarmac at Love Field has prompted some to call into question the security of airports and why the police didn't use more force once Browne drove on to airport property.

    DPD Chase Threads Through Dallas Traffic

    [DFW] DPD Chase Threads Through Dallas Traffic
    A carjacking suspect led Dallas police on a chase through the city threading through heavy traffic, bumping drivers, driving on the wrong side of the road and even evading stop sticks.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010)

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