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Man, Woman in Custody After Two Police Chases Monday Afternoon

Passenger runs from a traffic stop after a chase, leads police on a chase in a stolen box truck, police say

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A man running from a traffic stop is in custody after leading police on a chase in a stolen box truck Monday afternoon, police say.

According to Mesquite Police, officers tried to pull over a woman along eastbound Interstate 30 near Broadway at about 2:05 p.m.

The woman initially refused to pull over but eventually stopped along I-30 near Hunnicut Drive and was taken into custody. Mesquite Police identified her Tuesday as 29-year-old Julia Alicia Noel Fontenette and said she faces multiple charges including tampering with evidence, evading arrest and two charges of possession of a controlled substance. It's not clear if Fontenette has obtained an attorney.

A man riding with Fontenette, identified by police as 40-year-old Armando Javier Galvez, ran from her car during the traffic stop and tried to get away on foot.

As police searched the area for the Galvez, they learned he'd taken an unoccupied box truck. Officers soon spotted the truck and tried to pull him over.

Galvez refused, leading police on a second pursuit.

Texas Sky Ranger was overhead when the man drove the wrong way down several streets and left the roadway to cut across parks and green spaces. As the man drove, the back of the truck's liftgate was dragging on the ground.

While near Munger and Junius streets, Galvez slowed down and jumped out of the moving truck before again trying to get away on foot. Galvez jumped a fence and ran into an alley where he was taken into custody moments later by a police officer.

The truck eventually rolled to a stop after hitting a curb.

Galvez was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges including evading arrest, theft between $30,000 and $150,000 and failure to identify as a fugitive. Galvez also had other unspecified outstanding warrants, police said. It's not clear if he's obtained an attorney.

Police said both the original vehicle driven by the woman and the box truck driven by the man struck vehicles in Dallas, causing two minor accidents. No injuries were reported from the crashes. Though it's not immediately clear why police said Tuesday that Fontenette had been transported to an area hospital after she was taken into custody.

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