Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Suspects switched drivers in mid-chase, deputies say - FOX 4 News

DALLAS -

A chase through two cities early Tuesday morning took an unusual turn as the two suspects in the car decided to switch drivers while driving down I-30.

The chase started about 2:30 a.m. when a Dallas County Sheriff's deputy noticed a gray Chevy Impala that nearly rear-ended his squad car on I-30 near downtown Dallas.

The deputy began following the car and noticed it was moving erratically, and the driver was tailgating other vehicles. When the deputy flipped on his lights and tried to pull over the car on the suspects took off, allegedly throwing beer cans out of the car.

At some point on I-30, that's when the suspects decided to switch seats, and the two men led deputies on a chase down I-30 into Mesquite, where they made a U-turn at Big Town Boulevard.

As the chase headed back into Dallas, deputies considered using spike strips to puncture the tires, but there were too many other cars on the road to attempt that safely.

Eventually, the suspects went north on I-45, west on the Woodall Rogers, and north on Stemmons Freeway and exited on Oak Lawn. A short time later, they stopped in an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Sylvester.

Both men were arrested on felony evasion charges, and one of them refused to identify himself, which will bring an additional charge. The investigation was still continuing as of 6:30 a.m.

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