A man, involved in a high-speed chase with Grand Prairie police, went to great lengths to avoid arrest last week.
On Jan. 30, a Grand Prairie police officer in a high prostitution area spotted the driver of a sport utility vehicle stop in the middle of the road on the 1600 block of Dalworth Street and a female approach and jump in the vehicle, according to a police report of the incident.
Believing that he had witnessed a prostitution offense, the officer attempted to stop the driver, according to police.
Instead of stopping, the driver, later identified as Andrew Solis, 20, of Grand Prairie, sped away and the officer followed, police said.
Dashcam video from several different police officers involved in the pursuit that followed showed the driver of the SUV drive against oncoming traffic on Loop 12 within the Dallas city limits, and on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie as he approached the Six Flags Drive exit for Arlington.
The chase ended when the driver turned and drove the wrong way in the northbound service road of the George Bush Turnpike at I-30 and leaped from his still-moving truck and ran away.
The suspect could be seen removing his shirt, narrowly avoiding a police SUV as it comes to an abrupt stop on a grassy hill, and ran across the access road.
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According to police, Solis ran down a steep embankment and jumped onto the turnpike below.
Three different officers who chased Solis, shot at him with their stun guns. One of the jolts forced the suspect to the ground and officers took him into custody, police said.
Grand Prairie police initially charged Solis with felony evading arrest, but later added charges of criminal attempt harassment and public intoxication.
Solis also had a plastic bag containing what officers believed to be marijuana in his pocket during the chase. He admitted to police that he had taken Xanax pills prior to the pursuit, according to the police report.
The female passenger with Solis during the pursuit was not charged in connection to the incident.