North Texas Sheriff's Deputy Shoots at Driver Who Rammed Car

A man is under arrest after backing into a sheriff's deputy's vehicle early Friday morning while trying to escape authorities during a chase through several North Texas counties, authorities say.

Rockwall County Sheriff's Office officials said deputies tried to pull the driver of a 2006 Ford F-150 over on the Interstate 30 service road at about 1:30 a.m. Instead of stopping, the driver turned onto Texas 205 and sped up.

Authorities said the driver — later identified as 45-year-old Billy Jack Thomas — reached speeds faster than 100 mph and twice hard-braked during the pursuit.

Thomas eventually stopped, only to put his truck into reverse and crash the truck into a sheriff's deputy's vehicle. Officials said the truck partially came up on the front of the patrol car.

Officials said the deputy then fired at Thomas, who again drove away.

The deputy continued the pursuit and was assisted by Forney police, a Texas Department of Public Safety chopper and sheriff's deputies from Rockwall, Dallas and Kaufman counties.

Authorities said Thomas was taken into custody without further incident when the chase finally ended in Sunnyvale. With Thomas in custody, officials learned he had outstanding warrants; more details have not been released.

No injuries were reported.

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