A high-speed chase spanned two North Texas cities Thursday afternoon, ending in a head-on crash and a search for a suspect in the wooded area around several apartment complexes.
Around 12:30 p.m., a Grand Prairie police officer spotted a white Cadillac Escalade headed southbound on Highway 360, according to police. A check of the vehicle’s license plate showed that it belonged to a different vehicle, indicating that the SUV had likely been stolen, police said.
When the officer pursued, the driver of the SUV accelerated and exited onto North East Green Oaks Boulevard into Arlington, according to Officer Mark Beseda of the Grand Prairie Police Department.
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The driver of the Escalade sped westbound on Green Oaks, before he crossed over a grass median and into oncoming traffic in the area of Ascencion Boulevard, police said. Soon after, the SUV hit head-on with a car.
The driver of the car was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Officer Beseda.
Both the driver and the passenger inside the stolen SUV ran away from the crash scene in different directions, police said. Grand Prairie officers pursued the driver into a wooded area around a group of adjoining apartment complexes, while Arlington officers arriving on the scene set up a perimeter to prevent the suspect from escaping, according to police.
“The Grand Prairie K9 tracked the suspect, had a good track. It led the officers to a dumpster just outside of the wooded area. And that’s where the suspect was,” Officer Beseda told NBCDFW.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was arrested without a struggle, according to police. The passenger was not located.