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High-Speed Chase Spanning Multiple Cities Has Wild Ending in McKinney

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A 41-year-old man is in custody, accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase spanning multiple cities Thursday afternoon.

The chase began after 3:30 p.m. in Garland near the intersection of North Jupiter Road and West Walnut Street and continued into Rowlett, Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen and into McKinney.

The driver, 41-year-old Rodolfo Gutierrez-Tapia, was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Garland police said. Federal agents had requested officers' help with stopping Gutierrez-Tapia as he entered Garland's city limits.

Gutierrez-Tapia led police westbound along the President George Bush Turnpike and then headed north on U.S. 75 into Plano and McKinney.

Police were able to deploy spike strips on the truck, which caused him to lose two tires. He appeared to be driving slightly above legal speeds and without erratic movements.

He finally pulled over in McKinney and got out of the truck with his hands up. Moments later, a Texas state trooper approached the man from behind and tackled him to the ground, taking him into custody.

He was briefly taken to a hospital to be evaluated after telling arresting officers that he had ingested narcotics, police said.

He faces a charge of evading arrest in a vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Rodolfo Gutierrez-Tapia, 41
Garland PD
Rodolfo Gutierrez-Tapia, 41
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