Passenger Speeds Away From Traffic Stop, Arrested After Chase

Driver, passenger arrested on outstanding warrants

A passenger who sped away from police arresting his friend in North Richland Hills is facing a new charge after leading officers on a multi-county chase overnight Tuesday, police say.

The chase began at about 12:39 a.m. in North Richland Hills after a patrol officer stopped a Dodge Charger with three people inside.

The driver, identified by police as Manuel Maturino, of Grand Prairie, was wanted by the Grand Prairie police on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As NRH officers handcuffed Maturino, one of the passengers in the Charger jumped into the driver's seat and sped away, police said.

Police chased the driver of the Charger for about 40 minutes into Dallas County where it is believed Grand Praire police spiked the tires.

The second driver continued back into Tarrant County where, on westbound Interstate 30 near Ballpark Way in Arlington, he crashed.

Police identified the second driver as Jake Craft, of Euless. Craft, who was wanted by U.S. Marshals for a probation violation, was charged with evading arrest.

The third passenger in the car was released at the scene, police said.

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