Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chase ends in deadly rollover crash - FOX 4 News

GARLAND, Texas -

One man died and another is hospitalized after they flipped their car while fleeing from police.

Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel Ray Melrose of Dallas died after he was ejected in the crash. The other man, who is not yet named but whom police said was 30 years old, has life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Parkland Hospital.

According to Garland police spokesman Joe Harn, an officer tried to pull over the black Crown Victoria for a traffic violation about 1:30 a.m. on Northwest Highway at the LBJ Freeway (I-635).

As soon as the officer flipped on his lights, the Crown Victoria sped off and got on the freeway heading north.

"The vehicle started to flee, then took the exit here at Jupiter Road at a high rate of speed," said Harn. "He did not negotiate the exit well and left the roadway. The vehicle actually flipped over several times."

Both Melrose and the other man were thrown from the car. At this point, police are not sure which one was driving.

Harn said both victims have a criminal history with the Garland police, but did not elaborate. He also said officers were not sure why the men fled, and were looking through the debris to see if there was anything incriminating in the vehicle.

Stay with FOX 4 news and for further updates as they become available.

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